A 19-year-old student from Tamil Nadu’s Ambattur in the Tiruvallur district ended her life after failing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The victim took this dreadful step around 4 am on Thursday, 7 September, hours after the National Testing Agency declared the NEET UG 2022 results.
The girl appeared for the exam on 17 July, police sources told South First, in what was her first attempt.
She ended her life at her house in Ambattur when her parents were sleeping. Police officials retrieved her body and sent it to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital in Chennai for the ensuing procedures.
A team of police officials led by Thirumullaivoyal Inspector Vijayaragavan is investigating the death, and is yet to return the victim’s body to her parents.
“The girl didn’t perform well and could not accept that she wouldn’t get a chance to study to be a doctor. The investigation is underway, and officials will hand over the body to her parents after the post-mortem examination,” the station in charge of the Thirumullaivoyal police station told South First.
According to the Thirumullaivoyal police officials, the initial statement of the victim’s parents was that they saw the girl disappointed after checking her NEET exam results.
The family was unavailable for comments despite multiple attempts to reach them.
The incident came as a shocker in Tamil Nadu, as all the political parties except the BJP are opposing the exam because it claimed the lives of several medical aspirants in the state in recent years.
It also assumes significance in that it comes at a time when the Tamil Nadu government led by MK Stalin is providing counselling to students who are under stress.
The District Mental Health Programme and the Education Department at the district level directly have been monitoring as many as 98 students who are under stress following NEET.
“How many lives will we lose due to this controversial exam? Ever since the union government imposed this controversial exam, what have we done to stop the menace? Would all the victim’s parents get their children back after we talk? Where are we going wrong?” academicians and mental health experts told South First.
Her death comes less than a week after another NEET aspirant died by suicide, fearing she would not qualify.
Meanwhile, the pass percentage of the candidates of Tamil Nadu in NEET deteriorated this year compared to the last two years.
The state recorded 39. 56 percent, 48.57 percent, 57.44 percent, 54.40 percent, and 51.30 percent successful NEET attempts from 2018 to 2022, respectively.
Last year about 1.08 lakh candidates appeared for the exam from TN. This year, the number rose to above 1.32 lakh.
Of these, 67,787 students qualified this year, while 58,922 students qualified the previous year.
Suicides are preventable, and help is available. Please reach out to any of these numbers to seek help and deal with suicidal thoughts:
State health department’s suicide helpline: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre – 044-24640050
Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
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