Child commits suicide as parents fail to pay for school picnic

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 08:08 hrs

Berhampur (Odisha): A class seven student of an upper primary school in Odisha's Ganjam district allegedly committed suicide due to his parent's failure to pay contribution for his school picnic, police said on Monday.

Balaram Nayak (12) allegedly committed suicide by hanging in the house at Gobara under Gangapur police station limit, about 70-km from here after returning from the school on Saturday as his parents could not pay the required money for the picnic, they said.

He was taken to the hospital immediately by the villagers, where the doctor declared him brought dead.

The boy's father Santosh Nayak, a daily labourer, was away for work and mother had gone to forest, when their son took the extreme step, police said.

Ganjam district Collector Krishan Kumar said the Head master of the school was placed under suspension after the incident.

Preliminary inquiry said the student committed suicide as he could not pay the donation for the picnic. Collection of donation in any form is illegal as per the Right to Education Act, an officer said.

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