Chennai: A Tamil Nadu schoolboy died by suicide after his father failed to get him a mobile phone to attend online classes amid the coronavirus  (COVID-19) lockdown in the state.

The incident was reported from Siruthondamadevi near Panruti in Cuddalore on Wednesday (July 29). A case of unnatural death was registered at Kadampuliyur police station.

As per reports, the victim was identified as Vignesh and he was a Class 10 student at a private school in Panruti. Vijay Kumar, the father of the deceased, is a cashew trader and had promised to buy a smartphone for Vignesh to attend online classes.

Seeing his friends attending classes and he being left out, the boy looked depressed. After he failed to get the phone as promised by his father, he hanged himself.

“The son had been forcing his father to purchase a smartphone for him to attend online classes, like the rest of his friends. Vijay Kumar had assured to buy him the phone, once he makes some money selling cashews,” local police were quoted as saying.

 

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