A 19-year-old HSC student had a brush with death after she tried to end her life by drinking phenyl around 1 pm yesterday. A Commerce student at KBP Vidayalaya in Kisannagar, the girl took the drastic step at her residence in Kalwa after she discovered that she had failed in four out of six subjects.
“When I discovered that I had passed only in two subjects, I got extremely anxious and started thinking about my parents because I had told them that all my papers went well. This prompted me to drink phenyl,” she said in her statement given to ASI Narendra Arjun Hamare of the Kalwa police station.
While the girl’s mother works as a cook in the neighbourhood from 7 am to 4 pm, her father is employed as a binder at a printing press. Both the parents were out when the teenager tried to end her life. “Her siblings were at home when the incident occurred. They came running and informed me as I was working nearby. I gave her salt water, which made her vomit. Then we rushed her to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj hospital.
There the doctors gave her antibiotics. She was an average student in school as well, but we never thought failure in exam would drive her to commit suicide,” the girl’s mother said, adding that though her daughter was out of danger, she would be kept in the hospital for the next 38 hours.
Her father said they never pressurised the teenager to score high marks. “We only advised her to give her best. She had joined a coaching class at the start of the term, but discontinued saying that she can manage studies on her own,” he said. The eldest of the three siblings, the girl wants to pursue a career in banking sector.