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Appoint Psychiatric Counsellor in Every School in Tamil Nadu: Madras High Court

Government should ensure the appointment of at least one counsellor per district, Justice N Sathish Kumar said.

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The Madras High Court on Friday, 30 July suggested to the Tamil Nadu government to make available psychiatric counsellors to each school attached with hostels in the state.

The government should ensure at least one such counsellor is appointed in each district, Justice N Sathish Kumar said when the criminal original petition from P Ramalingam, the father of the 17-year-old school girl, who allegedly died by suicide at her school premises in Chinna Salem in Kallakurichi district on 13 July, came up for further hearing today.

Annoyed over the recurring instances of suicide by school girls, the judge gave the suggestion to curb such incidents.

The judge also advised the media outlets and social media to desist from exaggerating such incidents and fomenting consequential violence, which may ultimately result in encouraging such suicides. The media should understand its responsibility towards society, he added.

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Earlier, State Public Prosecutor Hassan Mohammed Jinnah handed over a sealed cover, containing the progress made in the investigation by the CB-CID, to the judge. He told the judge that the probe in the case was being carried in the right direction.

The students of the affected school are being provided with online teaching. Steps are underway to conduct classes for the students of Classes 9 to 12 at nearby schools, he added.

The records and papers relating to the second autopsy will be forwarded to the doctors at JIPMER in Puducherry this evening, Jinnah added. The matter stands adjourned till 29 August .

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