Udupi,Nov 19, 2014: The missing of a 13 year old girl, a class eight student of the Sharada Residential School, Kunjibettu from the school hostel on November 15, Saturday, has sparked a protest by parents in front of the school’s premises on November 19, Wednesday.
The girl who is missing is Eshika Shetty (13), daughter of Shekhar and Yashoda Shetty from Yelinje in Mulki. The Shettys who reside in Muscat have now arrived hometown after getting information that their daughter was missing.
The angry parents who protested accused the school management of failure in discharging its responsibilities and delay in taking necessary action when the girl went missing.
However, the School Principal Vidyavanta Acharya who spoke to reporters said Eshika was among the around 600 students who had come to watch a basketball match on November 15 evening. “However, very soon she had left for the hostel saying she had head ache. She even said so to a teacher who saw her in the hostel and then walked into her room,”the Principal said adding it was only later at night at around 8.15 pm when all students assembled at the dining hall that it came to light that Eshika was not in her room. A teacher who had been to her room to give her cell phone so that she could contact her family, realised she was not in the room, Acharya said.
The Principal said the police were informed at around 10.45 pm and the dairy found in her room revealed that she wanted to be an actress. Her footwear, a red T shirt and white skirt were found near the compound wall between the school and hostel, the next day giving hint that she had changed her clothes before she left.
Udupi police are investigating the case.