Students 'ends life' over corporal punishment

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Coimbatore, Nov 28 (UNI) Tension prevailed at Perunthurai town in Erode district today, following the alleged suicide of a school boy, who immolated himself after the Head Master caned him for not attending special classes.

Police said Kumaresan (19), a tenth standard student at Government High School at Perunthurai, did not attend special classes for the last two days.

His class teacher than asked him to meet headmaster Murugesan yesterday. Mr Murugesan, allegedly, beat him in front of other students and asked him to bring his parent.

Agitated over the incident, Kumaresan home and immolated himself when his mother Jyothi, a coolie, was away for work. Though the neighbours rushed him to Erode Government Hospital, he succumbed to burns in the early hours of today.

His relatives, carrying the body, obstructed the traffic for more than two hours. However, they withdrew after police intervened.

A case was registered against the Head Master, police added.


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