With the Higher Secondary Certificate examination set to begin in Maharashtra from Thursday, a tense 18-year-old boy afraid his preparations weren't complete committed suicide at his home in Pune on Wednesday.
The deceased, who has been identified as Hrishikesh Rajram Tapkir (18), was a resident of Tapkir Vasati in Pune' Chaholi area.
The Dighi police, which comes the jurisdiction of Pune rural police, have filed a case of suicide and probing the case.
According to police, “Hrishikesh was a Class XII commerce student studying in Chaholi-based Wageshwar Junior College. He got up early in the morning and started studying. Later around 10 am on Wednesday he hung himself with a nylon rope on a ceiling fan, There is no suicide note, but primilary investigation shows that he ended his life."
The state education board has set up helplines for counselling of students under stress during the board exams.
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, Std XII) exam begins on Thursday and ends on March 28, while the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination kick start from March 1 till March 29.
A statement issued by Board Secretary Krishnakumar Patil said, "The helplines will mainly counsel students to relieve them of stress. Students will be counselled free of cost. The helpline numbers will not address queries on issues like hall tickets, syllabus, exam centres and question papers.”
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