A day after a 14-year-old committed suicide owing to online bullying on a social networking site, investigations have revealed that the deceased girl and the boy were also in a relationship.
On Wednesday, following the girl’s demise, the father had alleged that the 15-year-old had been harassing her, after which the cops had arrested him (‘Turned away by cops after being harassed online, teen kills self’, MiD DAY).
“The boy studied in my daughter’s class and had been following her and despite my many warnings continued to stalk her. I told him to stay away from her but he didn’t listen,” the girl’s father told the police.
However, relatives of the girl said that the two of them were in a relationship and, in fact, the victim had been adamant about continuing their relationship despite her father’s opposition.
The investigating officials from Kandivli police said that they were probing the case and that the father had approached them 15 days ago to complain against the boy. “The boy’s father told us that the two were in the same school. The girl had written many letters to the boy and her diary also revealed her love for him,” said an officer, adding that they were now verifying if the handwriting in the letters was hers. Confirming that the two were in a relationship, the boy’s father in his statement to the police said, “A few times, the girl’s father had come to our home and dragged the girl away. We asked him to explain to her just as we had done with our son, but he slapped her and took her away.”
Cops added that they had already begun looking at the boy’s page on the social networking site to check if he had posted any offensive or derogatory comments about her. They added that they were also looking for the girl’s profile but were shocked to find out that she did not have one. “We are looking to see if she had deleted her page or had a page in a different name,” said a cop. H Pimple, senior inspector, Kandivli police station, said, “We have arrested the boy under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code and sent him to the Dongri children’s home. We are also recording the statements of the girl’s friends to find out whether she had a social networking profile page.”
On Tuesday around 4.30 pm, after her father had left for work following lunch, the girl, a resident of Iraniwadi, Kandivli (West), went to her room to study. When her mother knocked on her door around 5 pm, she got no answer. Worried, she informed the father, who broke open the door to find her hanging from the ceiling fan.