After the LSR girl's suicide, a group of students of Lady Shri Ram College for Women along with activists from Delhi University and Ambedkar University protested against apathy shown by institutional authorities towards students struggling with the digital divide and the hostel policy.
The death of second-year student Aishwarya Reddy by suicide at her Telangana home led to these protests calling for institutional accountability.
The 19-year-old’s family couldn’t afford a laptop for her online classes and she was asked to vacate her hostel as it was meant only for first-year students.
She is said to have claimed that she did not want to be a burden to her family in her suicide note.
Principal Suman Sharma wrote an e-mail to the student body stating that the college was working towards reviewing its hostel policy and to help second-year students on need-basis.
The principal pointed out how the pandemic had made the situation very difficult for them.
Sharma also mentioned in the statement that the college administration and management are actively considering helping needy students with laptops and data packs if education institutes continue to remain closed due to the lockdown.
Reddy's kin said that she was the only daughter who was being educated and now, she is gone.