CHENNAI/COIMBATORE/TIRUNELVELI: Upset over their class 12 examination performance, ten students across the state committed suicide. Two of them from Chennai had committed suicide even before the results were declared on Thursday, fearing poor performance.
Had Sam Immanuel of Ayothy Nagar and Meena of Velachery waited for two days, they may have been alive today. On Tuesday evening, Sam Immanuel of Ayothy Nagar ended his life by drinking phenyl. Sam worried that he would fail in mathematics subject and his dreams of being a marine engineer would destroyed. When the results were out on Thursday morning, Sam had scored 666 with 92 marks in Mathematics. “I had insisted that he score good marks only for his betterment. We never knew he would take his life,” lamented his father Mariyaselvam, a cab driver.
Meena wanted to study engineering at Anna University. But as d-day neared she grew upset, although her family members claimed that they did not pressurise her. On Wednesday, Meena committed suicide. She was found to have scored a total of 692 out of 1200.
In Tirunelveli, a class 12 boy immolated himself hours before the release of results, fearing poor marks. He had, in fact, scored more than 860 marks. In another incident, 17-year-old Sindhuja hanged herself in her house near Tenkasi on Thursday morning, upset that she was unable to score the required cut off to secure an MBBS seat.
“Though Sindhuja had scored 1,063 marks, she was deeply upset as she was aiming to score more than 1,100 marks in order to get an MBBS seat. Sindhuja locked herself inside the bathroom and hung herself,” police said.
Sai Nathan (17), of Nagercoil, set himself on fire in the morning before the results were out. He was rushed to Asaripallam government hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.
In a classic case of peer pressure, K Divya of Coimbatore, who scored 929 marks, hung herself using a saree when she discovered that she had scored lesser marks than her two friends. Divya, the daughter of a mill worker, was to be the first in her to family to do her graduation and was in process of securing a scholarship from the government.
In four separate incidents in Kumbakonam, four girls attempted to commit suicide over their class 12 results. Their attempts, however, were foiled.