Dhaka, Bangladesh
VNSC teacher jailed

VNSC teacher jailed

Principal, another sued

News Report Viqarunnisa class-IX teacher Hasna Hena was sent to jail Thursday while a hunt was on to arrest its principal and the morning-shift headmistress over the suicide of a student. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Abu Sayeed refused her bail when inspector Kamrul HasanTalukdar of the Detective Branch of police produced her before the court, and ordered her into jail. Detectives in a drive arrested Hasna Hena from the city's Uttara area on Wednesday night in a case filed against the three teachers amid an outcry over the self-killing of Aritree Adhikari allegedly being admonished by them. The class-IX student committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination. Victim's father Dilip Adhikari sued the three teachers, who are also accused of humiliating the girl's parents over the matter. The two others are acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous and morning-shift-chief Zinnat Ara. Amid protests by the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College over the suicide of Aritree, its governing body chairman Golam Ashraf Talukder Thursday apologized to the bereaved family. "The instructions of the Education Ministry and Dhaka Education Board have already been followed and the governing body is also working to fulfill other demands of the students and guardians," said the chairman while briefing reporters at the VNSC Baiely Road branch. Responding to a question about students' demand for removal of the governing-body members, he said: "If required, I will resign." The students of Viqarunnisa who had been demonstrating following the suicide incident Thursday suspended their protest programme as their demands were met, said their one representative. They will sit for the exam rescheduled to be held today (Friday), said Anushka Roy on behalf of the students. A meeting between teachers and students was held on the school compound Thursday. After the meeting, the students came out from the compound and informed reporters that they suspended their programme. Earlier, the students had sent a letter containing their demands to the Ministry of Education. The demands are resignation of the principal and ensuring her punishment under section 305 and 306 for provoking suicide, ensuring student care considering their behaviour, character, mental health, while physical and mental tortures will not be accepted in any way, stopping the threat of expulsion and illegal detention policy, appointing counsellors to ensure the mental health of students, parents, teachers and other staff, providing necessary counseling to the students who will break discipline, resignation of governing- body members and the principal and rendering apology by the school authorities for their 'misbehaviour' with Aritree's parents. Anushka Roy said their four demands had been met while two others were under the jurisdiction of the ministry. Meanwhile, another faction of students demanded release of the jailed teacher, Hasna Hena. They claimed their teacher, Hasna Hena, to be innocent. "We demand punishment of the culprit but the release of Hasna Hena," the students chanted during the squatting in front of the closed gate of VNSC, one of the reputed educational institutions in the capital-and overcrowded with students, too. Inputs taken from agencies

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