Depressed students committing suicide following failure in competitive examination is not new. Many cases have also been emerging from Kota, Rajastan.
But in a cruel twist of fate, a 17-year-old girl in Kota, committed suicide after cracking the IIT-JEE exams. Why? Because she did not want to pursue a career in engineering.
According to Police, the girl, Kriti Tripathi, jumped off a five-storey building just a day after 2016’s IIT JEE exam results were out.
She left a five-page suicide note citing the reasons for ending her life, in which she mentions how she was forced to opt for science and how she hated engineering.
According to Kota police SP, SS Godara:
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“Prima facie, the cause of suicide seems like depression and disinterest in engineering studies. In her suicide note she mentioned that her mother had admitted her in the science stream but she found no interest in subjects like Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.”
Kriti hailed from Ghaziabad, and had moved to Kota with her parents, where she was a student in one of the several coaching institutes that the city is famous for. She had scored 144 marks in the exam, which is around 44 more than the cut-off of 100 marks for general category candidates.
This is the fifth suicide by a student this year in Kota alone.
Kota is famous for its coaching institutes that train candidates for different entrance exams including IIT-JEE (mains), which considered among the toughest in the country.
Students that clear the mains then qualify to take advanced exams that secure them a place IITs across India.