Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:50:17 GMT

Meghalaya CM demands law for safety of N-E students

New Delhi: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Monday called for a stringent law to address the safety concerns of students from the Northeast and to regulate the behaviour of the authorities at educational institutions.

Meghalaya CM demands law for safety of N-E students

Sangma was in the capital to raise the issue of the death of his niece and Amity University student, Dana Sangma, who committed suicide last Tuesday after allegedly being insulted by an invigilator during an examination.

"Institutes often focus on making money and building their brand, pressurising the students and ignoring the issues of their safety and balanced development," he claimed.

Apart from Dana, two more students from northeastern states have died in the past few weeks. While Delhi University student Samiran Saikia of Assam committed suicide, seemingly due to examination pressure, Bangalore student Richard Loitam hailing from Manipur was allegedly beaten to death.

Loitam's death has led to protests in several cities, including the capital, with the protestors accusing his college and hostel authorities of racial discrimination and delaying justice.

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