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Job failure whiff in lady death

Ranaghat, April 24: A 26-year-old woman apparently suffering from depression after failing to secure a teaching job was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her home in Nadia’s Ranaghat today.

Ruma Das was among 30 BEd students who had moved Calcutta High Court in January alleging that the School Service Commission (SSC) had not recommended their names to schools although they had cleared the eligibility test and possessed the required degree.

Although Ruma’s family refused comment, some of her co-petitioners said she had been suffering from depression after her name did not feature on the merit list.

Ruma’s lawyer Subrata Mukhopadhyay said that although the court had directed the SSC to file an affidavit in the case explaining its position, the commission was yet to follow the directive.

The inspector-in-charge of Ranaghat police station, Jaharjyoti Roy, said: “Preliminary investigation suggests it was a case of suicide. It is not yet clear why she took such a step. No note has been found.”

Ruma’s parents are weavers and her elder brother is a Sanskrit teacher in a school.

The state government has indefinitely deferred the 2014 SSC exam after a stay on the test by the high court, shrouding in uncertainty the future of around 10 lakh students without the BEd degree.

The NCTE had in 2009 made the BEd degree compulsory for applying for teaching jobs. In 2011, it relaxed the rule, allowing the Bengal SSC to recruit candidates without the degree till March 31, 2014.