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Mental trauma led aspiring dancer to take extreme step

Noida: Influenced by father, the 15-year-old girl dreamed of becoming a versatile classical dancer and a doctor.
However, the Class IX student's dreams came crashing down after she went into mental trauma and stress after getting sexually and mentally harassed by the teachers, following which she took the extreme step to end her life.
The girl, a student of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, had reportedly been facing the ordeal for the last couple of months.
She had even told her parents of the ordeal, but they initially misunderstood the incident and told her she might be misinterpreting the intentions of her teacher, who had touched her inappropriately in the chest and her back.
The parents did go to the principal to bring the matter into his knowledge and asked for appropriate action. Unfortunately, their words fell on deaf ears and the torture continued.
The mother says all she wants now is justice. "I know my daughter will not come back. But I am going to fight for the wrong things done with several other small innocent school going girls," she said.
Suicides committed by teenagers are increasing day by day.
Be it a mental pressure of exams or sexual harassment, it is very unfortunate and depressing to see young innocent lives ending in such a way.
Experts say that if a child reports any such matter of getting under mental stress due to any reason, the parents should never take the matter lightly and create a friendly environment so that the child feels comfortable to share his or her concerns.
"Parents need to deal with their own anxieties first. They should try to have a conflict-free environment at home. Never take any issue lightly when it is related to your child. Parents should meet a school counselor or meet a clinical psychologist who can help the child deal with anxieties.
"In case they feel that something negative thing has happened, they should keep supervision and take professional help from a mental health professional," said Dr. Deepali Batra, senior consultant, clinical psychologist, Max Hospital and Director, PALS.
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