Boy’s ‘suicide’ shocks citizens

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CHAKWAL: The father of a 10-year-old boy who allegedly committed suicide said he found his son hanging from a ceiling fan after he returned home.

Munawar, a second grader, was pronounced dead by doctors at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).

The father of the deceased, Abdul Nabi, told Dawn his son was studying at a seminary.

He said he paid the seminary Rs300 a month and on Thursday, his son came home from the seminary and asked him for another Rs500.

He said his son told him he needed tuition other than the classes at the seminary, which would cost an extra Rs500 a month, Mr Nabi said, adding that he told his son he would pay the additional fee.

“After that, I went to the mosque to pray and when I returned I found my son hanging from the ceiling fan,” he said.

He said he is a daily-wage earner and could not afford a legal battle, which is why he buried the matter.

“How could a 10-year-old boy commit suicide? If he did, what led him to take this extreme step? The matter should be investigated properly,” a local resident told Dawn.

The seminary owner, Adnan Iqbal, said the child was weak in his studies which is why a teacher asked for another Rs500 a month for extra tutoring.

“After hearing this from the teacher, another teacher in the seminar said she would pay his monthly tuition fee,” Mr Iqbal said. “We do not know what happened to the boy.”

However, local police have allegedly chosen to hush up the matter.

An eyewitness said a team from the city police station came to the hospital, but chose to keep the matter quiet.

A postmortem examination was not carried out and the case has not been registered with the police.

The City station house officer Pervez Akhtar said: “We are unaware of any such incident.”

Published in Dawn, February 11th, 2017

 Courtesy DAWN
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