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15-year-old Delhi school girl commits suicide; family alleges sexual harassment by teachers
A 15-year-old girl studying in Class 9 at Delhi-based school committed suicide at her home in Noida on Tuesday over the alleged sexual and mental harassment by two of her teachers. The girl was reportedly inappropriately touched by her teachers and failed in a test as alleged by the family of the girl.

Although the school has given clean chit to the alleged teachers, however, an FIR has been registered and cases have been registered against the named teachers under child sexual abuse laws and abetment of suicide and investigations have been initiated by the police.

The girl who was a student of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar Phase-I hung herself on Tuesday when she was alone at home.

"It seems that adolescent students are being inflicted with all kinds of violence such as physical violence, verbal aggression, sexual assaults, mental torture and ridicule both by the fellow students and the teachers in all kinds of schools, as indicated by recurrent news about such incidents in the media. But this is an alarming situation for schools to wake up to create a school culture in which subscribes of conducive learning environment that upholds the self-esteem of students," said Jaipur-based social psychologist Dr Anita Srivastava who is a supporter of child-friendly school environment.

She informs that some studies have shown that adolescent girls are often subjected to psychological abuse, which is referred to as a psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse in the subject area of psychology. Ample studies and incident analyses, which are available on the internet, indicate that distorted male teachers often subject the teen-aged girls to both mental torture and sexual exploitation by being unfair to them, she added.

According to her, the adolescent girls in many schools, if not all, get subjected to psychological trauma leading to exploitation, anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder resulting to extreme steps.

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