Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has said that an investigation is being carried out from all angles regarding the death of a schoolgirl in Chinnasalem, Kallakurichi district, and has submitted the report in a sealed envelope to the High Court.
The Madras High Court, hearing the case filed by the girl’s father Ramalingam regarding the death of a Chinnasalem schoolgirl, ordered the appointment of 3 government doctors and 1 retired forensic expert to conduct a re-mortem. Further, the High Court had ordered that the investigating officer should conduct the investigation in a fair manner and act in such a way that the real criminals do not escape. He had also ordered the Tamil Nadu government to file a report regarding the execution of the court order.
The case came up for hearing today before Justice Satish Kumar. Chief Criminal Prosecutor Asan Mohammad Jinnah was present and said, “The autopsy of the student has been completed, the body has been handed over to the parents and the last rites have been completed. All this has been fully video recorded. The autopsy documents will be sent to Jipmar Hospital today for examination.
He also filed a police report in a sealed envelope. Later, a Special Investigation Team has been constituted under the leadership of DIG, Additional SP, DSP and Inspector. A notice has been sent to 63 YouTube websites, 31 Twitter accounts and 27 Facebook pages for spreading rumors during the student’s death and the riots. Police investigations are influenced by media investigations conducted on social media.
The investigation into the death of the student and the investigation into the riot in the school premises are being conducted separately. Another criminal case involving the school rector is also under investigation. Investigation is going on from all angles. No intention of protecting anyone.
The Tamil Nadu government has conducted a parent-teacher meeting and online classes have started for the students of that school from 27th. Steps are being taken to educate students of classes 9 to 12 only in nearby schools. It will take two weeks to rectify this situation,” he said.
At that time, the judge said, “This situation should not continue for a long time. He advised that steps should be taken to start classes in schools soon. Also, mental health counselors should be appointed in all schools in Tamil Nadu and it should be ensured that there is at least one mental health counselor in the district. Also, mental health counselors are very necessary in schools with hostels. The judge noted.
Media and press should realize their responsibility and act. Don’t influence the minds of other students by exaggerating such incidents over and over again. The judge said that as such incidents are constantly highlighted, the mood of other students who see them worsens.
He further advised that students should not only be turned into learning machines but should also create a better outdoor environment for them. Later, the judge adjourned the hearing of the case to August 29, ordering that the police may take a decision on taking action against the social media for obstructing the police investigation.