A file picture of Vivek Kumar
A woman in Bokaro woke up on Monday morning to face her worst nightmare — her teenaged son hanging from a nylon rope from the ceiling fan of his room.
The body of Vivek Kumar (17) was still warm, but by the time the Class XI pure science student, who under normal circumstances was to answer two exam papers on Monday, was rushed to Bokaro General Hospital, he was pronounced brought dead.
Vivek, a below-average student of the well-known CBSE-affiliated Bokaro Public School in Sector III, had apparently been under tremendous mental pressure. The eldest son of Chotu Sahu, an officer in Bokaro Steel Limited, Vivek knew his academic performance was not considered up to mark by his parents or teachers.
On Sunday, the eve of his second semester exams in physics and chemistry, Sahu had scolded him for not studying enough and added he would never end up “successful in life” if he did not study.
Vivek sat at his study table till 11pm. Finally, his father came up to him and asked him to switch off the lights and go to bed. Sahu again told the boy that instead of late-night cramming before exams, he should be regular in studies.
A subdued Vivek had dinner with his mother and went off to bed in his own room. That was the last time his parents saw him alive.
On Monday morning, when his mother knocked on his door to wake him up for his exam, the teenager was beyond the pale of any examination.
“I had no idea that my well-meant advice would result in my son’s death,” a sobbing Sahu told The Telegraph. “We had no clue that he was planning to end his life. Last night, he agreed to work harder and even spoke with his mother on his plans,” he added.
A teacher who did not want to be named told The Telegraph that Vivek had not been doing well in school. Neighbours not wishing to be named said Vivek was “poor in studies” and was often scolded by his father for this reason.
Sahu’s younger son Abhishek Kumar studies in Class VII in Durgapur.
Bokaro police have sent his body for post-mortem. “Prima facie, this seems to be a case of suicide,” city police station officer in-charge Ramod Kumar Singh said, adding that investigations were on.