Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Jharkhand girl flings herself before speeding trucks thrice, saved each time; suicide note tells of family pressure to crack IIT test - New Indian Express
Jharkhand girl flings herself before speeding trucks thrice, saved each time; suicide note tells of family pressure to crack IIT test
By Anand ST Das | Express News Service | Published: 25th February 2018 08:57 PM |
Last Updated: 25th February 2018 08:57 PM | A+A A- |
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PATNA: A 17-year-old girl made three attempts to kill herself by flinging herself before speeding trucks on a highway in Ranchi, but was saved each time. A suicide note recovered from her revealed she was fed up with her father’s insistence that she clear the IIT entrance test even though it was too hard for her to remember her lessons.
“I love you all very much. This is not a road accident. This is a suicide,” wrote the girl at the end of her suicide note written in Hindi. “Papa, you sometimes ask me to clear IIT entrance test and sometimes to secure 75 per cent marks (in intermediate examinations). I cannot do anything due to the tension,” said the letter she addressed to her parents and two brother.
Police said the girl was seen running across the ring road in Sithio area of the Jharkhand capital on Friday night, making several speeding heavy vehicles dodge her riskily. Bystanders were shocked by her behaviour when she kept standing on the busy road even after a speeding truck swerved dangerously to avoid hitting her. Some of them caught hold of her during her third failed bid to kill herself by running in front of a truck.
Rashmi (name changed to protect identity) is the only daughter of an official working with the road construction department of Jharkhand government in Dhanbad, said police. The people who saved her found her clutching a suicide note and brought her to Tupudana police station. Her family, which lives in Ranchi’s Hinoo area, was informed and she was handed over to them.
“I am unable to study. I have tried very hard, but I have failed. Whatever I memorise I forget the next day… I have also forgotten all that I had memorised earlier,” she wrote at the beginning of her suicide note.
In a glimpse of the tensions prevailing in the family, she wrote at one place: “Both my brothers do drama in the house every day. Nobody ever takes my side. Everyone keeps blaming me. Papa, I am not wrong all the time. Please sometimes accept my side of the story. You always get angry with me”.
“This case is just a pointer of the massive psychological crisis today’s teenagers face due to overwhelming family pressure for academic excellence and the endless thrills offered by the world in many intrusive forms,” said Patna-based clinical psychologist Binda Singh. “Attaining the right balance in life and having an atmosphere conducive for proper learning are extremely important for youngsters,” she added.
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ANGUISH: The suicide note of the Ranchi teen (her face pixelated for privacy) who was saved on Friday. Telegraph picture
Ranchi: A teenage girl, trying to jump before speeding trucks on ring road in Sithio here late on Friday night, was saved by alert patrolling party of a private road construction company.
Daughter of a bureaucrat, the Plus Two student's suicide note in Hindi mentioned high academic expectations of her father as the main reason for her wanting to kill herself. Her father wanted her to crack IIT entrance and score highly in boards even as she was forgetting her lessons due to tension, the note categorically says.
The girl, who lives in Hinoo, was spotted by the site patrolling party of one Elsamex Maintenance Service, hired by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited, which looks after maintenance of ring road.
Associate manager of Elsamex Maintenance Service, Satyaranjan Rao told this paper that around 10.30pm, their staffers informed him that they had caught a girl with a suicide note in her hand.
"My staff was patrolling in the locality to ensure the safety of our construction materials and equipment. They saw a girl abruptly running on the middle of the road recklessly despite speeding trucks. She could have been mowed down by any truck. A truck almost hit her but the driver swerved aside. But the girl remained standing on the road waiting to be killed. That's when my patrol members dragged her to the side of the road," Rao said.
Reportedly, then the girl broke down and cried out that she did not want to live anymore.
Seeing the suicide note, the patrol party immediately informed Tupudana police, under whose jurisdiction the area falls. A PCR team took her to Doranda police station and her family was informed around midnight.
The letter clearly reveals the girl's tremendous mental pressure to clear the IIT entrance and score well in her exams. It was also clear from the letter that she shared a tense relationship with her two brothers and she said she was being misunderstood by her father.
"Papa, I am not always wrong, you always scold me. Sometimes listen to me also. Since nobody trusts me I think my life has no meaning", the letter said, but ended by saying she loved them all.
Contacted on Saturday, her father, a road construction department employee in Dhanbad, pleaded for privacy. "As a father I am shocked. I request the media to respect her privacy in her interest," he said.
Police also refused to give the girl's details. "It's a sensitive matter. The good thing is that a young life is safe. The girl is at home," Hatia DSP Vikas Kumar Pandey said.