There should be no board exams, says father of Delhi girl who killed herself after failing Class 10
17-year-old Khusboo was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her Delhi residence, with a slit wrist and in a pool of blood after she failed in two subjects in the CBSE Class 10 board exams.Updated: May 30, 2018 19:32 IST
On Tuesday afternoon, like lakhs of students across India, 17-year-old Khushboo had also come to know about her Class 10 CBSE result, and hardly four hours later, her younger sister found her hanging from a ceiling fan, with a slit wrist and a pool of blood on the floor.
She had failed in two subjects.
Khushboo was one of the three students who committed suicide on Tuesday in Delhi alone, after the Class 10 board examination results were declared — the government had brought back board exam for Class 10 in 2018 after a gap of eight years.
The board exam was scrapped in 2009 to reduce pressure on students.
“If children are taking lives in the name of papers (exams), then there should be no exams,” Khushboo’s father Daya Ram, 40, told IANS outside a mortuary of a city hospital, where he was waiting to receive her body after post-mortem.
“We worked very hard to bring her up, but she did not think about us,” Ram remarked stoically.
Ram, along with his wife Soniya, 38, irons clothes near a park in west Delhi for a living.
In the narrow street outside Khushboo’s house in Dabri in west Delhi, her mother and aunt Pooja, 24, who lives with them, were inconsolable.
Sitting on a cloth spread on the street, waiting for the body to arrive, Pooja said between her loud cries, “She loved me so much that the mad girl hung herself by using my dupatta.”
“I won’t allow her to go, I will beat her for sure. For sure,” she cried out as family members tried to console her in vain.
“Why did she do this?,” she cried in a muffled voice, as a relative pulled her into a close hug.
While Khushboo killed herself after failing in two subjects, the other two students took their lives after scoring low marks.
At around 3 pm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old checked her results in a mobile phone.
“After that she was lying on the bed and was sad about the result,” her sister Komal, 15, told IANS.
Around 4 pm, Pooja telephoned Ram and told him about the results. “I told her that it is fine and not a problem,” Ram said.
After that Pooja and Komal went out for tuitions, but Khushboo stayed back.
“She said ‘I will come in five minutes’, and this was the last she spoke to us,” Komal said outside the house.
When Komal came back around 7.15 pm, she found the door to their first-floor house locked from inside.
She climbed into the house from the terrace of an adjoining house, as both of them shared a common wall.
“I found her hanging from the fan with a dupatta. Her left wrist was slit and there was blood all over the floor,” Komal told IANS.
Khushboo wanted to be a doctor.
Family members said they never felt that the girl was under any pressure. “Even when I left for work with my wife in the morning, she was laughing and playing,” Ram said.
According to a family member, a suicide note left behind by Khusbhoo written on a paper with red ink in Hindi read: “I am leaving you people and going. I could not give you happiness. You people should stay happy.”
First Published: May 30, 2018 19:14 IST