Kerala Central University Student Attempts Suicide Over Facebook Post

  • 09-Oct-2018
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New Delhi: A second-year postgraduate student of the Central University of Kerala in Kasaragod was admitted to the district hospital Tuesday after he attempted suicide allegedly over his suspension from the institution. His condition is said to be stable. It says, Akhil Thazhath, a second-year student of MA in International Relations and Politics at the university, was suspended in June this year for posting a ‘filthy’ message on Facebook about the Vice-Chancellor and the University. 

The executive council of the university had decided to take action against him after he refused to apologise over the incident.

The suspension order stated that the student used ‘abusive and filthy words against the vice-chancellor, registrar and hostel warden in a public domain, which is prima facie a serious misconduct unbecoming of a student of this university.

A unit of the Students Federation of India (SFI) had protested at the university after Akhil’s suspension. As a result executive council went on to issue a circular barring the student’s entry. A meeting held under the leadership of local CPM MP P Karunakaran also failed to find results.

After the student’s attempt to kill himself, the SFI has renewed protests at the university on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor has released a circular stating that the academic activities at the university will ‘remain suspended until further orders’ due to the ongoing protests and seige of the administrative building by ‘a section of students and outsiders.’

Staff (teaching and non-teaching) will attend their departments/offices/sections as usual, as the circular said.