They left their homes to attend college on Friday, never to return

Profiles of the three teenagers who jumped into a 50-foot well in a farm opposite their college gate in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Updated: January 25, 2016 2:08 am
tamil nadu, tamil nadu suicide, tamil nadu college suicide, medical college suicide, tn medical college suicide, tamil nadu news, india news T Monisha, V Priyanka and E Saranya. All the three came from modest families.

T Monisha, 19

Daughter of Tamil Arasan (47) — an employee with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, she was among the students who raised their voice against the management of SVS Yoga Medical College. Hailing from Ernavoor in Chennai, Monisha joined the Bachelors in Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences, a five-year course, after getting a call letter from the state health department’s counselling wing. She chose the Villupuram college as it was the nearest one, said a relative. Arasan said she left home on Friday morning. Sangeetha, Monisha’s mother, claimed she was upset ever since she joined the college: “Her last call was on Friday evening to tell us that she had reached the hostel.” Her phone was switched off later.

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V Priyanka, 18

Hailed from Tiruvarur. She had lost her father Venkatesh as a child. Her elder sister Divya Bharathi is an engineering student. Her mother, Jayanathi, who put all her efforts to educate both her daughters, had to sell a piece of their land to fund Priyanka’s course expenses. The mother, who collapsed in front of the Villupuram medical college Sunday, pleaded for justice as top police officers and the collector promised her action against college owners, now being accused of forcing the girl to commit suicide. “Had they been responsible…my girl would not have committed suicide,” she said, as Villupuram SP Narendran Nayar and Collector Lakshmy tried convincing the parents to agree for the postmortem. “I spent all that I earned for her. Before completing her second year, we had already paid Rs 5 lakh,” she said. Priyanka also left home on Friday morning and later informed the family she had reached hostel.

E Saranya, 18

The daughter of Ezhumalai from Seyyar near Kancheepuram, Saranya also left home on Friday morning. Despite their humble background, her parents did everything to raise money for her education, even taking private loans. Her relatives said she had paid more than Rs 4 lakh to the college in the first two years.

“When the government fee was around Rs 55,000, we were asked to pay Rs 1 lakh in the beginning and were forced to pay another Rs 1.5 lakh in the second month after she joined the college. “They also looted thousands of rupees in the name of events of the owner’s family. Once they charged Rs 4,000 for a function, including a saree they were told to give,” said a relative.

“She was made to clean the toilet and she was abused whenever she was reluctant to do it. I never expected that she would commit suicide as she was always courageous, although she was in despair seeing none of her seniors had placements,” added the relative who received her body on Sunday.