Helplines abuzz with suicidal thoughts

MADURAI/RAMNATHAPURAM/CHENNAI:  A boy, who committed suicide owing to fear of poor show in Class XII examination, near here, on Monday, has passed in all the subjects. According to

Published: 23rd May 2012 03:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:29 PM   |  A+A-

MADURAI/RAMNATHAPURAM/CHENNAI:  A boy, who committed suicide owing to fear of poor show in Class XII examination, near here, on Monday, has passed in all the subjects.

According to police, Udayakumar (17) of Koodal Nagar, was a Class XII student of a residential school in Andhiyur in Erode district. His father is an auto driver and mother an employee of the Madurai Corporation. He scored a total of 590 marks and secured 119 in Tamil, 130 in English, 93 in Physics, 80 in Chemistry, 93 in Biology and 75 in Mathematics.

His body was taken to Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, where an autopsy was conducted.

Elsewhere in Paramakudi, a girl allegedly attempted self immolation on Tuesday as she was upset over her poor performance in the Class XII exam.

According to sources, Sharmila, daughter of Krishnan of Paramakudi, was a student of government school. On Tuesday, after she found out that her Class XII score was 711, Sharmila became depressed and reportedly set herself ablaze when she was alone at home. She was subsequently taken to the Paramakudi government hospital with third degree burns and later referred to the Government Rajaji Hospital, where she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Meanwhile, in Chennai, some students took the initiative to reach out for help rather than resorting to such extreme steps.

Within hours of the results coming out, suicide helplines were abuzz with calls from students, who wanted advice on how to curtail momentary suicidal feelings after disappointing performances.

Lakshmi Vijayaraghavan, Founder-Trustee of Sneha, the organisation that pioneered the suicide helpline in the country, said about 20 students from the city called up their number (044-24640050) till about 4 pm apprehensive about their performance in the exam. The number of calls were unusually high as the organisation receives an average of just two calls from children on an ordinary day.

Lakshmi said parents must be supportive of their wards and should never leave them alone.

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