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Oxford student solves JEE question paper in half the time, gets abused by angry Indians

The third year Physics student’s ease with the JEE questions did not go down well with several Indians on social media.

education Updated: Jul 17, 2017 14:24 IST
Meryl Sebastian
Meryl Sebastian
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Quora,Jack Fraser,Indian Institute of Technology
Students arriving at exam center to take JEE exam.(HT File Photo)

Quora user Jack Fraser was at the receiving end of vicious online harassment after he reportedly solved a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) question paper in “a third of the allowed time, and with 100% correct answers”. Fraser, a third year Physics student at the University of Oxford, said he attempted the paper after he asked on Quora to solve it.

The JEE is an all-India entrance exam held every year for admission into the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). The exam is considered one of the toughest to crack in India.

Fraser’s ease with the JEE questions did not go down well with several Indians on social media, where he received a flood of abuse and was called a liar. The harassment took a turn for the worse with his mother being sent obscene pictures and his brother threatened. Fraser’s Facebook profile picture was reported for ‘graphic indecency’. “One guy sent me a picture of my (old) university accommodation, saying they knew where I lived*, and that he was going to “shiv” me,” he wrote on Quora.

On his Quora page he has said that a particular unpleasant thing happened to him when someone asked a question in the topic Jack Fraser (Quora user) asking if he could solve the JEE paper.

Fraser, who thought it would be a “ laugh to sit down and do the paper,” solved it.

Trouble began when he posted that he had “ breezed through it (paper). I did it in about a third of the allowed time, and with 100% correct answers.”

Fraser also made it clear that he was a third year physics student and the JEE was a school-level paper taken by 17-year-olds who had not spent three years at university studying physics.

Despite the explanation, his claim was “not well received”.

Fraser was abused, called a liar and a scum.

What he was worried about was that people not only trolled him on Quora, they also found his Facebook account and soon targeted his family’s accounts, sending obscene pictures to his mother and death threats to his brother.

“It was really rather traumatic,” Fraser said. “My Mum still refers to it as ‘The time that guy had such low self esteem that he considered me seeing his penis to be the worst insult imaginable’.”

Since then Fraser has deleted the answer and the question was deleted by moderation. Facebook too made sure “the stuff went away,” he wrote.

He has since said he is not answering questions on JEE and also has a response for those who flooded his inbox apologising for these people (abusers) asserting that not all Indians do it: “No need”

Fraser could not be reached because his Quora inbox has been temporarily suspended.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 20:44 IST