Vasanthapiriya buried in solemn ceremony attended by hundreds

NIBONG TEBAL: Fourteen-year-old M. Vasanthapiriya, who attempted suicide after she was accused of stealing a teacher's handphone, has been laid to rest.

At her funeral in Kampung Tong Hai, Jawi, hundreds of relatives and friends - some dressed in school uniforms - gathered to pay their last respects to the Form Two SMK Methodist student.

After prayers, her body was buried at a Hindu cemetery in Changkat at about 3.30pm Friday (Feb 2).
On Jan 24, Vasanthapiriya allegedly locked herself in her room after she was accused of stealing her teacher's handphone in school.

Vasanthapiriya's 52-year-old father R.Muniandy, a former cook, returned home later that night after meeting with her teacher.

He broke into Vasanthapiriya's room when his calls went unanswered and found her unconscious with a shawl around her neck tied to some piping.

Vasanthapiriya left a note to her parents saying she did not steal the phone.

She was rushed to the Sungai Bakap Hospital for treatment before transferred to Seberang Jaya Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday (Feb 1).

Those in need of a sympathetic ear can call Befrienders in the Klang Valley (03-7956 8145) and Penang (04-281 5161/281 1108). They can also email


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