Indian teen ends her own life over national entrance exam stress

Indian teen ends her own life over national entrance exam stress
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The 18-year-old girl is the second teen to die by suicide in Rajasthan's Kota in two weeks

January 30, 2024
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An 18-year-old girl died by suicide in Kota, a city in Rajasthan State, India, after becoming overwhelmed by stress brought on by the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), a competitive national entrance exam for various engineering schools in India. 
What happened: Niharika Solanki was found dead hanging from the window above her bedroom door on Monday morning. Hermant, a cousin, told the Indian Express that Niharika’s sister discovered her bedroom door locked after checking on her when she failed to respond to their mother’s call at around 9 a.m. The family became worried after seeing a cloth through a window above her bedroom door.
What she said: The teen apologized to her father, a bank security guard who was at work at the time of the incident, and her mother in a purported note she left behind. “Mummy papa, I can’t do JEE so I (commit) suicide. I am a loser. Worst daughter. Sorry mummy papa. Yahi last option he (This is the last option),” she reportedly wrote.
Why she did it: Niharika was reportedly under a lot of stress before her death. Deputy superintendent of police in Kota, Dharamveer Singh, said the teen was preparing to take the JEE, which is scheduled for Jan. 31.
Niharika repeated her class 12 exam after failing to receive the 75% passing mark that would qualify her to enter the JEE. She received a 70% mark, forcing her to study again, in which she spent eight to nine hours per day, including six hours of coaching.
The big picture: Niharika’s death is the second suicide incident in two weeks in Kota. Mohammed Zaid, another student preparing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test, India‘s entrance examination for admission to medical colleges, was reportedly found dead hanging from his hostel room in the Jawahar Nagar area on Jan. 23.
 
If you or anyone you know is at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255.
 
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