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Amity law student suicide: Protest outside college, institute denies any role in death

India TV News Desk Noida 16 Aug 2016, 20:49:09 PM IST
India TV News Desk

A week after a 20-year-old Amity Law School student committed suicide at his home in Delhi's Sarojini Nagar area, family members and friends of the student staged a protest outside the college here, alleging foul play on the part of its authorities. 

Sushant Rohilla, a 4th year student of BA-LLB course in the college committed suicide on August 10 at his South Delhi residence. 

In his suicide note, he said he was ashamed of not being a good son, a good brother, and a good friend. 

The deceased, who was son of a joint secretary-level official in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, was debarred from appearing in the sixth semester exams in May due to "shortage of attendance". 

According to his family, Sushant and 19 other students, who were not permitted to take the exams, were promised that they will be allowed to take the exams and promoted to the next semester. 

"The college authorities did a volte-face and sent him an email, one month after the exam, stating that he had been detained due to short attendance and he should apply for readmission in the same semester. He was under lot of pressure since," Mehak Rohilla, the deceased's sister said. 

In a mail dated on May 11, 2016, Sushant had written an e-mail to college authorities, pleading to allow him to appear in the exam. He had cited various reasons for shortage in his attendance 

Rohilla's kin and friends today gathered outside the law school premises and staged a protest, demanding a probe into the incident. 

Amity University, however, has denied of having any role in Rohilla's death and expressed grief over the incident. 

When contacted, an Amity spokesperson said, "Amity Law School, Delhi, is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh IP University. The students were detained as per the decision of that varsity and Amity Law School, itself, had absolutely no role." 

"Rohilla had 43 per cent attendance, while the IP University mandates that a student should have at least 75 per cent attendance. This was conveyed to his parents many a times through e-mails. 

"The attendance, as per the rules of IP University, was sent to IPU, which issues admit cards to the students for examinations," the spokesperson added.