Published: 02nd July 2020
Tripura man dies of suicide after failing to buy a smartphone for daughter to attend online classes
The deceased's wife stated to police that her daughter a student of Class X had been asking the father Sukumar Bhowmik to buy her a smartphone so that she can attend online classes
Police have launched an investigation into the suicide of a 45 a -year-old daily-wager at Rajnagar of Purathal village under Madhupur police station in Sepahijala district on Wednesday over failing to provide an android phone for his daughter.
The deceased's wife stated to police that her daughter a student of Class X in Madhupur Higher Secondary School had been asking the father Sukumar Bhowmik to buy her a smartphone so that she can attend the online classes being run by state education department during the lockdown. The family has been running in extreme poverty for the past few months due to lockdown and scarcity of daily work.
However, on June 30, Bhowmik had bought a normal low-cost phone having the provision of internet facilities to support the study of her daughter. But she was not happy with the phone and in front of her father, she had thrown it, which hurt Bhowmik badly. "We become mute after the incident and not reacted to anybody. Not even taken food properly. Yesterday, morning the family members found him hanging outside the home," police said adding that Sukumar did not have his dinner in the previous night and went off to sleep in a separate hut where he has committed suicide.
The state government had announced to provide online classes through various local cable television channels and YouTube in the first phase. Now the department has started sending feed through Whatsapp and text messages which require a smartphone to attend the class. Meanwhile, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee accused the state government of the incident and it's vice president Tapas De said, "This is the result of the wrong decision of the state government.
The state government has decided to distribute smartphones among the final year graduating students but the government should have provided the same to all poor students of BPL categories to help them have access to education at the time of lockdown.