Scoring low in Class test, Valley boys hangs himself
Adding one more name to the endless number of students who give in to pressure of marks in school and commit suicide in the country, Sayed Sarmad, a student of prestigious Srinagar school, hanged himself from a fan for not fairing well in a subject at a school-level test.india Updated: Apr 19, 2010 19:11 IST
Adding one more name to the endless number of students who give in to pressure of marks in school and commit suicide in the country, Sayed Sarmad, a student of prestigious Srinagar school, hanged himself from a fan for not fairing well in a subject at a school-level test.
A resident of Sanat Nagar, Sarmad comes for middle-class Kashmir, where competition for grades and marks are cut-throat, literally. A student of Burn Hall School, Sarmad, a Class 10 student, was found hanging from a fan in his room by his grandmother last evening.
A friend of the victim told the Hindustan Times that he was not depressed at all neither he showed intention to kill himself in the day when the two met. Recently, at unit-level examination in school, Sarmad had not secured marks up to the expectation of the family.
No suicide note was received from his room. His father Dr Qaiser, a resident of Sanat Nagar, is in a state of shock to comprehend what has befallen him and avoided talking to the media.
“A brilliant boy had missed some questions in Math paper of his unit test and that had made him believe he would not make it to the top,” said a family friend.
The news coming from uptown locality has shocked Kashmir’s middle class. The social networking sites on the Internet witnessed a flurry of posts, expressing shock over the death.
“That is really very sad and depressing. How do we handle and stop this, young students are falling prey to the burden of competition around,” said Roxy Raina.
Many people have started blaming the education system for the suicide of Sarmad and sought changes.
“This is a brute murder...we should collectively ascertain culprits...may be it's me...may be it's you,” wrote an shocked netizen.
“What aspirations are we passing on to the next generation? Our hypocrite society has its own scale to measure success and its not easy for everyone to get a good score, its really not easy,” said another.
The body of Sarmad was laid to rest early in the morning today. The school authorities have also expressed shock over the incident.
First Published: Apr 19, 2010 19:10 IST