Friends, teachers mourn St. Stephen college student’s death

July 25th, 2008 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Students and teachers of St. Stephens college Friday held a condolence meeting to remember a 21-year-old final year student, who allegedly committed suicide at her home over poor performance in examinations. Upasana Sahu’s batch mates from economic honours course and from other streams gathered in the college church and paid their condolences.

“It is a shocking news. We are very disturbed that one of our peers gave up her life due to poor results. Exams are not the end of life and there is much beyond that,” Sanobar, a final year Political Science student, told IANS.

Tora, a first year student, said: “It is an extreme step and people should not go to the height of killing themselves. It is sad she committed suicide.”

“She had already got into Infosys as an intern and there was no looking back for her. She should not have taken such an extreme step because exams are very small part of the college life.”

Aprajita Sinha, a second year Commerce student, said that Stephen’s Economics honours teaching is considered to be the best in Delhi University.

“It is very sad that despite getting admission into the very best college she committed suicide. It is perfectly fine if you don’t perform well in exams. None of us here are so intelligent. She should not have taken such an extreme step,” Sinha added.

College Principal M.S. Frank termed it as an unfortunate incident.

On Thursday Sahu, who suffered a vision problem and had limited sight, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her home in Taj Apartments in Kalyanpuri area. Sahu had joined the college under the disability quota.

In her three-page suicide note, Sahu apologised to her parents and said she was solely responsible for her extreme act.

Sahu’s distraught father Swapan Kumar, who works in a law firm, said she had never failed in her exams. She did not tell us about her results, but it was apparent from her body language that she was depressed about something.

“I wish she had discussed her results with us, her extreme step could then have been avoided.”

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