Forced to get rakhi tied by girlfriend, boy critically injured after he jumps off school building

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Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters. It is regarded as a symbol of care and protection. The religious aspect of the festival is a promise made by a brother to protect her sister under any circumstances. It is a day when brothers and sisters, dressed in their best attires, exchange gifts and indulge in sweet savouries.

However, the harmonious festival took a deadly turn in Manipur on Monday when an 18-year-old school student was critically injured when he tried to commit suicide by jumping off his school building on being allegedly forced by his teachers to get a rakhi tied to his wrist by his girlfriend, police said.

“Principal and other teachers of a private school here on Monday called Dilip Kumar Saha and his girlfriend along with their parents. They then asked the girl to tie rakhi to Dilip and both of them refused to do so. Subsequently, Dilip went to the second floor of the school building and jumped from there,” a police official said.

Dilip was taken to the hospital where his condition continues to be critical, he said.

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A large number of students and guardians staged a protest against the school authorities demanding the arrest of the guilty teachers.

Police have started an investigation after the school authorities filed a complaint.