The boy resorted to the extreme step on Wednesday night and succumbed at a hospital on Thursday after his father was not in a position to buy him a smartphone to help him attend virtual classes, sources said.
The victim has been identified as V Vignesh of a village near Panruti.
His father, who is a cashew farmer, had assured his son he will buy him a smartphone as soon as he gets his due after selling the cashews.
But a desperate Vignesh hung himself from a fan inside his house on the night of July 29. He was rushed to the Panruti government hospital where he died on Thursday.
A couple of similar cases were reported in Kerala as well.
“With inadequate internet and hardware infrastructure, less privileged students will end up suffering,” Stalin had pointed out.
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