The family of law student Sushant Rohilla, who committed suicide after he was barred from sitting in the semester exam for low attendance, said on Wednesday that it had lodged a police complaint demanding an investigation and abetment to suicide charges against the accused.
“No student should ever be tortured over attendance,” said Rohilla’s father Jagdish Kumar, joint secretary in the Rajya Sabha. “My son was not a coward and brought accolades to the college. His act of suicide was provoked by officials of the institute over trivial and illegal, arbitrary issues,” he added.
Sources at Sarojini Nagar police station, however, said they had received no complaint from Rohilla’s family till late on Wednesday . Sushant’s family, along with an alumni group and students of Amity law school, also demanded the resignation of a faculty member, who they claimed had been harassing students for a long time, and the director of the institute. They also demand a public apology from the university and complete transparency in handling of attendance-related issues.
Rohilla’s sister Mehak, a law graduate, said, “His teachers were upset when he became popular among his peers. They complained to the director about Sushant not attending classes, even though they knew he was representing the college at moot competitions,” she said.
The 21-year-old Rohilla, a third-year BA LLB (Hons) student at Amity law school, had missed classes because he had organised a moot court earlier this year, his family said. In February , he also suffered a muscle tear in his leg that kept him at home for two weeks. He started going to college as soon as he could manage to walk with the help of a stick to help with the moot court.
This article first appeared in The Times of India, Delhi Edition issue dated 18.08.2016