A national-level handball player committed suicide in Patiala on Saturday after her college authorities allegedly denied free hostel accommodation to her, reported ANI. The police have filed a case of abetment to suicide against professor Gursharan S Gill after the 20-year-old Khalsa College student held him responsible in her suicide note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to NDTV, Pooja Kumari had mentioned in her suicide note that professor Gill refused to give her hostel accommodation. The note read that commuting everyday from her house will cost her Rs 3,720 a month. Pooja’s parents told the news channel that she was considering dropping out from college because of monetary problems. In the four-page note, the second-year student also asked Modi to ensure that "underprivileged girls like me should be provided free education facility."
However, Khalsa College principal Dharminder Singh Ubha told PTI that Pooja had been given free admission on August 18. But, the management officials maintained that she was not granted free hostel facility this year because of her poor performance.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party pinned the blame on the "corrupt" Punjab government for denying "good opportunities" to talented players, reported ANI. An AAP leader said, "The situation in Punjab is growing so grave that a handball player commits suicide because she was not given the quota she deserved."