A Dalit medical student, who has failed to clear the final year of MBBS 20 years after being admitted to the course, has threatened to commit suicide if he is not declared passed this time.
The student, Kapil Dev Chaudhary, 52, was admitted to Darbhanga Medical College (DMC) in north Bihar in 1995 for the medical course. For 20 years, he’s been struggling to get the medical degree and become a doctor. Chaudhary said he has not been able to appear for the exam because of his poor health. He tried his luck in 2015 but in vain.
He pointed out that his two sons and daughter have cleared the medical exam and are based in New Delhi.
Moreover, his younger son is an IIT student. He has sent a series of SMSes to the head of the department of medicine, Dr BK Singh, threatening to commit suicide if he is not declared passed in the MBBS final year examination.
One of the text messages read, “Sir, kindly pass me.”
While the other SMS read, “I have seen you for 20 years. No meeting now. Now you will meet my body.”
Fearing a Hyderabad University-like situation where Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide created nationwide furore, college principal RK Sinha has lodged an FIR after receiving the threat from Chaudhary.
“I was left with no other option. So, I called the police officials apart from informing the district magistrate about the SMS,” said Sinha.
Chaudhary filed an affidavit on Thursday declaring he would not commit suicide and instead appear for the examination once again this year.
Darbhanga additional superintendent of police D Ahmad said he’s looking into the matter and the investigation will proceed only after recording the statement of the student.