Cuttack/Berhampur, Nov. 20: A 15-year-old girl, who attempted suicide for not being able to clear her matriculation supplementary examination, is battling for life at SCB Medical College and Hospital.
The 15-year-old girl, Subhashree Das, poured kerosene and then set herself on fire yesterday evening in her house at Potapokharia near Nuabazar here.
Subhashree, a student of Nuabazar High School, failed in two subjects — English and Physics — by just two marks each. Her family members said they did not put pressure on her and were unaware of the results till yesterday afternoon.
“Subhashree took the extreme step when others in family were having their lunch. Earlier, she had failed to clear the annual matriculation examination and had secured a total of 106 marks out of 600,” said her brother Pradosh Das.
Following the incident, Subhashree was immediately rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital with 90 per cent burns and her condition is stated to be critical.
Earlier, a 14-year-old girl from Kendrapara, Rashmita Mahalik, had committed suicide on March 22 after the annual matriculation examination was cancelled and postponed following theft of question papers from a school in Puri.
Rashmita, who was admitted to SCB with over 70 per cent burns, succumbed to injuries on April 2.
Subhashree’s family members feel that in view of the rising incidents of students attempting suicide after declaration of results, the time has come for the authorities to bring in reforms in the examination pattern.
“The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha, should take concrete measures to introduce a grading system like the CBSE and provide an opportunity to students to move ahead,” Pradosh said.
Board officials said on Monday that though 66,535 students took the supplementary examination, only 19,199 of them managed to clear it. The total pass percentage stood at 31.35 per cent.
Poverty drove three members of a family to end their lives by consuming poison in their house at Mangalpur, about 50km from Berhampur, in the Aska police station area in Ganjam district.
Police today seized the bodies of mother Golap Biswal, 49, daughter Sudeshna, 25, and son Nilanchal, 22.
“We have sent the bodies and to Aska for post-mortem. Preliminary investigation reveals that it was the sequel of a family dispute,” said Aska sub-divisional police officer Shara Sharma. More information will come out after probe and the post-mortem, she said.
Shara along with inspector in charge of Aska police station Bichitrananda Samal rushed to the spot after the police were informed about the incident.
Upendra Biswal, Golap’s husband, said he had left the house Monday evening after giving some bread to his wife and children. “Our financial condition is very poor. I sell bread at villages travelling on cycle. My wife Golap and son Nilanchal work as daily labourers,” said Upendra.
“Sudeshna was not willing to go outside to work for earning. There was a quarrel between the mother and the daughter over the issue. Golap was insisting upon Sudeshna to work outside, so that she could earn. Earlier, some villagers had also tried to counsel her to go outside the village and work. However, she never agreed to the proposal,” said a villager.
Earlier, the family members of Upendra used to reside in a rented house at Mangalpur. A villager said they had shifted to their 8-feet wide half-built own house two months ago. Golap, Sudeshna and Nilanchal might have taken the extreme step because of poverty.