Stressed after scoring low marks in the revision exam, a 15-year-old student of Class 9 committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Phase 10, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday night.
The deceased, Harmanjot Singh, a student of Mt Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, took the extreme step when his family was not at home.
Visibly shattered by Harmanjot’s death, his father Gurpreet Singh, who runs a shop in Sector 66, SAS Nagar, said: “Why did he do this?”
The police said when the family returned home around 11.30pm, they found him hanging with the help of his mother’s a stole.
Though no suicide note was recovered, Harmanjot’s father told the police that he was depressed owing to poor result. “He was under stress owing to poor score in his revision tests. But I never realized he would take such an extreme step. He was a shy and wellbehaved child,” he said. “We rushed him to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” he added.
Harmanjot was elder of the two siblings.
Harmanjot’s father told the police that owing to the poor result, he had blocked the school’s telephone number on his father’s mobile phone. The result was out on February 28. “I had counselled him, but he took the result to his heart. I told him that he should work hard to score well in board exams,” said the father.
The father told the police that Harmanjot was unable to face the family as they had accessed his report from the school.
Harmanjot’s family said he was good in studies and used to top in his class but did not score well in his revision tests. He aspired to become an IPS officer. However, the school authorities said he was an average student.
School principal Dr Charles Samuel said: “He was relatively a quiet child. We never got any complaint about him. Although he did not perform exceedingly well, he was slightly above average and was moderate academically.”
He added: “The school had conducted revision exams in three subjects, including mathematics and science. Apparently, we did not see any reason to worry as it was only Maths exam which he could not clear. The results were out on February 28 after which we do not know what happened.”
Harmanjot Singh had turned 15 on January 22 and had celebrated his birthday with the family. Relatives said Harmanjot was close to his mother.