Three students committed suicide after faring poorly in the Madhya Pradesh Class 10 examinations within 24 hours of the results being declared on Monday, police said.
Two suicides were reported from Bhopal -- both failed in the exams -- and the third from Sagar where the candidate failed in one subject.
Police said two more similar cases have been reported, but no case has been registered yet.
The incidents once again highlight the growing career-related stress Indian students are facing. In April, a 17-year-old girl committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Kota a day after cracking the IIT-JEE examinations because she did not want to become an engineer.
On Tuesday, Pooja Sandhe, 16, hanged herself at her house in Shahjahanabad area, Bhopal. Police said she did not speak to anyone after the results.
“She did not leave behind any suicide note, but her father said she was upset over failing Class 10. A case has been registered and investigations are on,” police said.
An 18-year-old student, Rajesh Patel, killed himself in Bairasia locality hours after the results were announced.
Police said he walked out of his home on Monday evening and started vomiting after he returned.
“The viscera samples of the deceased would be sent for forensic test to determine the exact poisonous substance he consumed,” police said.
In Sagar, a 16-year-old boy hung himself from a tree near his house on Monday. Praveen Rajak, a resident of Gehuras village, had failed in one subject, police said.
(An earlier version of the copy said five students committed suicide. While police have confirmed three cases, they say two similar incidents have been brought to their notice but no case has been registered)