Coimbatore teen dies by suicide; police say due to fear of upcoming NEET exam

The Supreme Court had dismissed a plea seeking deferring of JEE (Main) and NEET-UG exams, scheduled to be held in September

Press Trust of India August 19, 2020 15:35:44 IST
Coimbatore teen dies by suicide; police say due to fear of upcoming NEET exam

Coimbatore: Fear of the upcoming NEET examination has allegedly led a girl student to die by suicide at her residence, police said on Wednesday.

The 19-year old resident of East Venkatasamy Road was preparing for NEET, scheduled to be held in September, for the past few months and was found depressed. The girl took the extreme step as she was scared of the approaching the exam, they said.

The teenager was found hanging in her room on Tuesday evening by her mother, who immediately lodged a complaint with the police. Further investigations will reveal what led to the suicide, they added.

The Supreme Court had on Monday dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled to be conducted in September, amid a spurt in number of COVID-19 cases, saying a precious year of students "cannot be wasted" and life has to go on.

Meanwhile, DMK MLA N Karthik visited the victim's house. He said the party Chief MK Stalin expressed deep shock over the incident. The MLA urged the Centre to immediately cancel NEET examination for admission to medical courses.

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