By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, January 11, 2010: The Students of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) boycotted the classes today at 11:00 A.M. in order to participate in the ‘Justice Demand Rally’ and support the ‘All College Bandh’ to express the solidarity to Ms. Soumya a resident of Padavaninangady who died in mysterious circumstances in Ghana on 28th December 2009.
The decision of participating in the ‘All College Bandh’ followed after the Student Council Meeting earlier at 10:00 A.M. and was accepted by the College Management.
Sowmya had married to Mr. Prem on December 31 2008 and after one year she was found shot dead on December 28, 2009 in mysterious circumstances. The family of Soumya now feel that it was not a suicide but a murder.
Soumya was a final year B.A. student at the Besant College here when she was married. Her husband, a timber merchant based in Ghana, went back a month after the wedding and Soumya was living with her in-laws in the Kodical area here. According to the family members of Soumya, she was allegedly harassed for dowry by her in-laws after the departure of her husband. Following repeated requests from Soumya’s parents, Mr. Prem finally had agreed to take her to join him in Ghana on a visitor’s visa in October 2009.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com one of the student said the number of students attacked and killed in foreign countries is increasing day by day. The governments of the foreign countries along with ours have failed in providing the security to the students. Through this Justice Demand Rally we want the concerned authorities to investigate in this matter seriously and give justice to Ms. Sowmya and her family and punish the culprit responsible for her death.