Despite various efforts touted by the government, a stress-free education system still seems a long way off. Late on Friday, a bright 16-year-old student committed suicide in Gopiganj area of Bhadohi district in Uttar Pradesh.
Shama Parveen, 16, hanged herself with a dupatta at her home, as she was upset over her performance in Class X Math exam.
It wasn’t that Parveen feared that she would flunk, because friends and family say she was a topper throughout.
A suicide note written in Hindi was recovered from the room. It said, “My Sir had said I have to top in the district, but I messed up the very first exam. I will either flunk or will not be able to top in the district, so I am taking my life. Please do not hold my teacher responsible for my death.”
Parveen ended the note saying, “Mummy-Papa I am sorry.”
While none of the family members spoke to journalists, neighbour Mustafa Ahmad told HT, “The incident is shocking for us, as Shama was a role model for other children in the locality.”
According to police, on Saturday morning when Shama, a carpet weaver’s daughter, did not come out of her room, her parents went in to check and found her body hanging from the ceiling.
Soon neighbours thronged the house and informed the police about the incident. The police recovered the suicide note while searching the room and later sent the body for postmortem.