A 17-year-old student of a government school committed suicide by hanging himself, reportedly after scoring low in the class 12 board exams.
The Central Board of Secondary Education declared the class 12 results on Saturday.
The boy was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his home in southwest Delhi’s Naraina village on Saturday afternoon, three hours after the results were declared.
Police said the boy used his school belt to hang himself from the ceiling fan. They said the boy was depressed and had locked himself in the room soon after he learnt that he had only scored 60%.
No suicide note was recovered from the boy’s possession or his room.
A senior police officer said the boy’s parents wanted him to become a doctor. “The family told us the boy probably felt his family’s dream to see him becoming a doctor was shattered after he scored only 60%,” said the officer.
The incident, the officer said, came to light around 1pm after the police control room received a call regarding the suicide from a hospital where the boy was taken for medical attention by his family members.
A police team reached the hospital and learnt from doctors that the boy was dead on arrival.
During inquiry, the boy’s family members told police that he was upset after finding out about his performance in class 12 exam. Even though nobody in the family reportedly raised the issue with him, he stopped speaking to his family members and locked himself in the room.
Around 12.45 pm, his parents went to call him for lunch and found the room locked from inside. “Despite repeated knocks at the door, Raj did not respond. His family members then broke open the door and went inside only to see him hanging from the ceiling fan,” the officer said.
Police seized the school belt that he used to kill himself. A probe has been ordered into the incident, the officer said.