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No name on merit list spurs suicide

An 18-year-old Ranchi girl, who failed to score adequate marks in her Class XII board examinations to make it to the merit list of a city college, chose the noose over life after dinner on Tuesday.

Diksha Kumari, the only daughter of a small-time businessman, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her room at their New AG Colony in Argora around 7am.

Police have registered a case of unnatural death on the basis of her uncle Vishwanath Mishra’s statement and begun a probe. No suicide note has been found. “Our preliminary investigations suggest that it is a case of suicide. However, we are probing other angles too. The post-mortem report may throw up clues,” said city SP Anoop Birtharay.

According to statements given to police by family members, Diksha cleared her Plus Two from CBSE-affiliated DAV Kapildev Public School this year. She applied for a BCom course at the women’s section of Marwari College. But, owing to her average grades, the teenager did not make it to the second merit list, which was published on Tuesday.

“Diksha was depressed ever since she returned home from the college. It was obvious what was bothering her. She did not speak much during dinner and retired to bed around 10pm,” a family source said.

The Ranchi girl’s untimely death sadly mirrors the disastrous result of academic pressure on students of Jharkhand and elsewhere in the nation.

Experts feel that while schools and colleges should offer counselling to every student, particularly those who are academically weak, at home parents must stop exerting undue pressure on youngsters.

Head of clinical psychology at Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences A. Ranjan called the incident unfortunate.

“Student suicides have become routine. In most cases, peer pressure or academic stress has been the reason behind their death wish. Parents ought to make children realise that failure is the stepping stone to success. Not scoring well in one particular exam is not the end of the long journey called life. The best way to cure depression among students is to be supportive, not critical,” he said.