20-year-old NEET aspirant dies by suicide near Pollachi

The boy, son of a farmer, allegedly took the extreme step over the fear of not getting a place in government colleges.

Published: 30th October 2021 10:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2021 03:45 AM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: A 20-year-old medical aspirant died by suicide near Kinathukadavu in Coimbatore district. It is alleged that he ended his life in fear of not securing sufficient score in (The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) NEET to get a seat in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The youngster was identified as Keerthivasan (20), son of a farmer named Kuppusamy from Sangarayapuram in No. 10 Muthur near Kinathukadavu. According to police, after completing his schooling two years ago, he took the NEET in 2019 and scored 128. However, as he wanted to secure a seat in the AIIMS, he aimed to score high and took the test again in 2020. Though he scored 250 in that attempt, the cutoff mark for entry into AIIMS was higher at that time. He again gave the test a try in 2021 and hoped to get sufficient score enough to make it to AIIMS, the police said.

Meanwhile, the answer key for NEET 2021 was released recently. After checking the answers, he was allegedly upset as he thought he would fail to grab a seat in AIIMS this time too, the police said. At around 3.30 pm on Friday when he was alone at home, Keerthivasan allegedly tried to end his life by suicide. Later, he was taken to Pollachi Government Hospital and then to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for treatment. However, he died at CMCH at 11.45 pm without responding to the treatment, the police added.

Kinathukadavu police registered a case under Section of 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and initiated a probe. After postmortem, the body of the deceased was handed over to his family on Saturday.

(To overcome suicidal thoughts, contact Tamil Nadu Health Department’s helpline 104, Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050, or N Damodaran Centenary Lifeline Number for Suicide Prevention 1800-121-203040 or ‘Vidiyal’ suicide prevention helpline run by Coimbatore police 0422-2300999.)


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