The Class 12 student of Mahatma Phule Education Society scored 66% in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam, the results of which were declared on on Friday, racing past six other HSC students in her Garib Nagar slum.
“I could have scored a distinction,” rued Dabde, who lost her home, textbooks and notes in the March 4 fire in the slum during her board exams.
In a makeshift hut, Ghulam Qureshi’s mother sat frying malpuas. Qureshi,19, scraped through with 38%. “I cleared my English paper with grace marks,” said Qureshi.
Irfan Ahmed, 18, thanked Allah when he received an SMS on his father’s phone stating that he had passed. “My son was contemplating not writing his exams after he lost his books in the fire,” said his proud father, Pervez Ahmed, 42, a Bollywood casting agent.
But the fire sealed the fate of Tabassum Harun, 19, and Jyoti Dabde, 17, who did not clear the exam. “I am not sure if I will take the October re-exam,” said Harun, whose notes and certificates were gutted in the fire.