A BA third semester girl allegedly consumed phenyl on Monday within her college premises after she was allegedly harassed over fees. She was rushed to hospital where her condition was controlled and brought to stable.
The girl, Shalin (19) , who hailed from the backward class told The Indian Express she was a beneficiary under the post-matric scholarship scheme of the Punjab government. Under this, the government was supposed to pay her college fee.
“At the time of admission I was asked to pay only Rs 2,000 annually, which would also be reimbursed. But now in third semester we were asked to pay Rs 45,000 fee, which is an entire year’s fee. They promised to reimburse it when the government funds came in,” she said. “But I could not pay this lumpsum in one-go. I was then not allowed to take the monthly tests.”
Authorities of DIPS college near Nurpur village, where the girl studied, could not be reached for comment.
A college source, however, said there were around 70 such students who were beneficiaries of the scheme. “But the state government is not paying this amount which is being released by centre government,” they said.
Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed in Maqsudan police station against the college. SHO Sukhpal Singh said that the matter was under investigation and that an FIR was not yet registered.
Allegations that the government has not been releasing funds meant for this scheme has been doing the rounds for quite some time now.
Many students have earlier complained of harassment by college authorities after the government allegedly failed to pay their fee.