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Friday , February 21 , 2014
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Board examinee chooses noose

A Class X student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, who was supposed to take her CBSE examinations from March 1, was found hanging in her room at their railway colony home in Balidih, 16km from Bokaro city, late on Wednesday evening.

Rinky Kumari (15) has not left behind any suicide note, but police say circumstantial evidence suggest suicide. A post-mortem report is awaited.

According to family members, Rinky shut herself in her room after high tea around 5.30pm, asking her mother to ensure that she was not disturbed while studying. When the teen did not come out by 9.30pm, the family’s dinnertime, her mother went to call her. She found Rinky hanging from the ceiling fan, her dupatta turned into a noose.

Her mother’s screams brought neighbours rushing. The girl was brought down and a doctor called home. He pronounced her dead. Later, Balidih police sent the body for post-mortem.

OC Bir Singh said they had begun investigations. “Preliminary probe suggests suicide by hanging. We can give a confirmation after the post-mortem arrives,” said the officer.

While study pressure might seem a possible reason behind the teen’s suicide, her parents and relatives stressed that Rinky was a good student.

Father Parshuram Singh, a senior railway officer who was on duty at the time of the incident, said his daughter wasn’t one to be afraid of examinations.

A relative said Rinky had collected her CBSE Class X admit card in the first week of February and was slogging hard. “She remained drowned in books all day. Rarely she found time to speak to family members,” he said.

Rinky’s school principal M.K. Marandi said she was an above-average student whose sweet nature impressed everyone. “She was always soft-spoken. A hardworking child, she was in academically sound. The news is saddening and unfortunate,” Marandi said.

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