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Odisha Matric Fail Tragedy: Balasore Student Commits Suicide


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21 May 2019

Pramod Kumar Das


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Balasore: As used to be every year soon after the declaration of Matriculation results by the Odisha Board of Secondary Education (BSE), this year’s first ever suicide following failure in the examinations has been reported from this district.  

The tragedy has taken place in Basta block of the district. The mishap has been on the very day of the publication of Matric results.

Finding himself plucked up in the results, one crestfallen student has allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide. The family members immediately rushed him to the Basta Community Health Centre (CHC) where the doctor declared him dead.

The deceased has been identified as Shankarshan Sethi (16), son of Ananta Sethi of Basta block and he was a student of Mandarukula Gandhiji High School in Pandarungi village.

The deceased’s relative said, “His exam result was out today. When he came to know that he has secured 198, he came back home and slept inside the room. When his mother discovered that he has consumed poison, we immediately rushed him to the hospital here. He committed suicide because of his failure in the Matric exams.”

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Deceased's Relative