Protests Turn Violent At Chennai University After Girl Accused Of Cheating Commits Suicide

| November 23 , 2017 , 08:22 IST

An 18-year-old first year computer science student caught copying in college exam at the Sathyabama University on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) committed suicide, triggering a series of violent protests, with several students setting fire to furniture and mattresses.

According to reports, the deceased Monica Reddy, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, had been attempting the chemistry paper of her semester exam when she was found copying. Students allege that Monica was humiliated by the professor. The invigilator then informed officials and she was asked to leave the exam hall.

The typical punishment for such examination cheating is being debarred for one examination and informing the family of the student.

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Returning to her hostel room, Monica sent an SMS to her twin brother Rakesh who was also appearing for the examination in the same hall. By the time he saw Monica's message after the examination, and rushed to the hostel asking her friends to check on her, she was found hanging and taken to the hospital, where Monica was declared dead.

As the news of Monica's suicide spread, protests took place with several students torching furniture at the college and the hostel. A police team conducted an inquiry into the incident but no arrests were made.

Over the past few years, the Sathyabama University has faced violence and arson over strict rules as students protested restrictions over talking to opposite gender, dress codes and approval from AICTE.