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Karnataka: Girl kills self as dad struggles to pay college fees

December 7, 2020

A second-year BCA student from Belagavi district in Karnataka committed suicide as her family was struggling to pay college fees of Rs 40,000. The 20-year-old was found hanging by her father Shakeel Sangolli. He found his daughter’s body inside a toilet in their house in Bidi village of Khanapur taluk.

The girl was studying in a private college in Haliyal, Uttara Kannada district. As per sources, the family of five was facing financial crisis after Shakeel lost his job due to the Covid-19 imposed lockdown. The daughter’s mother is a homemaker and her brothers are studying in classes 4 and 10.

Shakeel Sangolli recently regained his job as a helper at a grocery shop nearby. On Wednesday, December 2, after he returned home from work, he found his daughter missing and the toilet was locked from inside. He broke open the door and found her hanging.

He said, “She was a bright student and wanted to secure a good job to take care of the family. The college has been demanding Rs 40,000 fees after it reopened in November. She was upset as I was struggling to arrange the money. She kept saying that she is a burden on the family.”

The Nandgad police have registered a case of unnatural death. Sub-inspector US Awati said, “The girl took the extreme step after seeing her father struggle to pay her fees. The family had made arrangements to pay Rs 40,000 to the college in installments.”

Source: The Times of India

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