Group moots legal help to pressure authorities into probing student’s attempted suicide case

Friends and relatives pay their last respects to Vasanthapiriya at the wake in Nibong Tebal February 1, 2018. — Picture by KE Ooi
Friends and relatives pay their last respects to Vasanthapiriya at the wake in Nibong Tebal February 1, 2018. — Picture by KE Ooi

SEBERANG PERAI, Feb 1 — The Malaysian Tamilar Kural group has appointed a lawyer to push the authorities to expedite the investigation into Vasanthapiriya Muniandy’s case.

The group’s president David Marshel Pakianathan said he has spoken to the lawyer, Paramjit Singh, to meet with the investigating officer in charge of the case.

“Our lawyer will talk to the police and get more information from them on the progress of the investigation into this,” he said.

He said the lawyer will also meet with the state education department to find out the progress of the department’s probe into the case.

“If the family requires, we are willing to help them and provide legal assistance to bring this case to court, this is entirely up to them,” he told reporters at Vasanthapiriya’s wake in Kampung Tong Hai here.

Vasanthapiriya hung herself in her room last week after she was accused of stealing a teacher’s handphone.

The teenager was found unconscious but still alive and was sent to the hospital.

She was in a coma until she passed away at 3.30am today.

In a police report lodged by her family members, her teacher had allegedly accused Vasanthapiriya of stealing the handphone and threatened to report her to the police.

She was allegedly locked in a classroom for several hours before the teacher and her husband, a teacher from another school, took the teenager home to confront her parents.

The 13-year-old hung herself using her saree when her father went out to pick up her mother from work on that day.

She left a note stating she did not steal the phone.

Her wake was held at her family home in Kampung Tong Hai and her funeral is at 1pm tomorrow.

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