IN THE wake of suicide of two schoolgirls from Vadgaonsheri last week, the Chandannagar police station have started conducting awareness drives in schools within their jurisdiction to make students, teachers and parents understand the importance of communication amongst one another and the need to monitor social media platforms like Facebook and phone messenger apps like WhatsApp.
On July 20, bodies of two 15-year-old schoolgirls, who had gone missing from their residences in Vadgaonsheri on July 16, were found in Mula-Mutha river with their hands tied to each other. Police probe revealed that the two girls had committed suicide fearing their parents would come to know about the relationship they had with two boys from their school.
Senior inspector Anil Patrudkar of Chandannagar police station, said, “The reason to conduct this drive is to stress upon the need for communication between students, parents and teachers. It is also important that this communication is not one-sided or forced. Also, one must keep a vigil on the use of social media platforms and phone messengers.”
Assistant inspector Pallavi Meher, who conducted one such session at Sundarabai Marathe School in Chandannagar, said, “We are asking parents to keep a watch over how children use Facebook and Whatsapp. We are not asking them to forcibly stop this communication as that may turn detrimental.”
“One more thing we are telling parents is that they should be aware of the school schedule and classes the children attend,” added API Meher.
Officers said that along with Marathe School, sessions have been conducted in Lonkar Prashala and Shivraj High School, and will continue for all other schools within their jurisdiction.