The prestigious Sri Venkateswara University is shocked once again with the suicidal death of another student. It was just last week, a medical student B Shilpa, hanged herself, another student P Geethika, hanged herself on Sunday evening.
The irony is that Shilpa had lodged a complaint with Governor E S L Narasimhan and waited for several months to get justice from the Raj Bhavan. However, there was no rescue from Raj Bhavan forcing her to take the extreme decision.
Now, though reasons are yet to be established, Geethika too ended her life. The series of the incidents involving the suicide of girl students across the state in the last four years, raise doubts over the approach of the government in handling such cases and providing security for women in the State.
The big surprise is why did Raj Bhavan failed to act on a representation or complaint given by Dr Shilpa, before she committed suicide. The Governor must have forwarded the representation to the State government, which too failed to rush to her rescue.
While the reasons for Geethika’s suicide are yet to be established, there are doubts over the security for girls in the colleges – starting from a junior college to the institutions of higher learning. There seems no security for women officers in the government as they are being targeted and assaulted.
The accused, either in politics or educational institutions are getting away with the act of crime without being punished. There seems no strong signals from the government for the perpetrators this crime. Instead, there is visible support for them from the government, which poses greater threat to the safety and security of girls, particularly the girls whose career depends on the whims and fancies of the senior professors.
And even as people were debating on Dr Geethika’s suicide and trying to find out the reasons, another medico, K Malathi, from Sri Padmavathi Mahila Medical College, attempted suicide pushing the temple town in to the fear of life threat for the girls. Malathi, though being treated in the college hospital, had shocked the people of this temple town by taking this extreme step.
The series of incidents involving the death of the girl students poses a bigger question – are women safe in Andhra Pradesh? This question, for sure, causes ripples in the parents to ponder.