Odisha Boy Commits Suicide As Father Fails To Buy Smartphone For Online Classes

Balasore: A 14-year-old boy committed suicide in frustration after his father failed to get him a smartphone for attending online classes during the pandemic. The incident was reported from Kalasimuli village under Baliapal block in Odisha’s Balasore district on Tuesday.

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The deceased — an eighth standard student of Kalasimuli Nodal School — had asked for a smartphone as the device was necessary for online classes. His father had also promised him to buy a mobile phone after paddy harvesting and subsequent earning.

Before the father could buy him a smartphone, the minor boy was found hanging inside the house on Tuesday when none was present.

Police later rushed to the village and recovered the body for post-mortem. A case of unnatural death has been registered in this connection.

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