A boarding school is being accused of a cover-up after failing to report a teenage girl's suicide.

The 14-year-old girl's parents claim they were forced to sign papers saying she was ill for a long time and died of natural causes, despite her being found hanged in a classroom.

The teen and her younger sister had returned to the school under instruction by the education authorities on June 18 despite India being in lockdown to complete their annual exams.

In the early hours of Friday, July 3 the family says it received a phone call instructing them to get to the school in Nodia, south of Delhi, urgently.

They were shown their daughter's body, where she had been found, before they allege they were "forcibly told to sign" paperwork.

Parents say they were forced to sign papers (stock image)

The parents claim they searched her bag, and founds notes saying she had been “wronged” and how she “hated life” as she had “no friends".

One of the pages, titled “bad day of my life” had a few hearts drawn along with a tear dropping from an eye.

The mother-of-three told the Times of India : “She was still wearing her uniform. When we asked them what had happened, we were told she had written a suicide note against me and if the note reached the police we could land in trouble.

"I asked them to show me the note and hand over the body, but they refused."

She added: "My husband was forcibly made to put a his signature on the paper. My thumb impression was taken. We pleaded with them to let us take the body home, but they insisted she should be cremated in Noida. The body was cremated in Bhangel and nobody informed police."

The school denies the family's accusations and accused the parents of  “cooking up a story".

The chancellor said: "These are false allegations. We had shown a copy of the suicide note to them. She had written against her mother. The family did not want any police case or autopsy, which is why she was cremated.

"Police are collecting evidence. We have been told not to speak to anyone about the case."

Deputy Commissioner of Police in Noida, Sankalp Sharma said he had not received any complaint so far.

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