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Girl ends life over admission imbroglio

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Prathiba

BANGALORE, AUG. 9. Fearing that she may not get an engineering or medical seat because of the confusion over admissions to professional colleges, an 18-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in the Cottonpet Police Station limits.

The police said S. Prathiba's body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house on Binny Mills Road on Monday morning.

Prathiba was the daughter of Lakshmi and Sreenivas, an autorickshaw driver and a real estate agent.

Prathiba had passed her II year PUC examination from BMS Pre-University College and had secured 9,910th rank in medical and 15,908th rank in engineering in the Common Entrance Test (CET). She was scheduled to attend the counselling for engineering courses on August 16.

Prathiba had also appeared for the entrance test conducted by COMED-K and secured 5,918th rank in medical, 9,352nd rank in engineering, and 823rd rank in architecture, according to her parents.

`Disturbed'

Prathiba's relatives told The Hindu that she was "disturbed" after watching CET-related news on a television channel on Sunday night.

"After having her supper, she went to her room around 8.30 p.m. As she did not come out even at 9 a.m. on Monday, her father broke open the window and saw her body hanging from the fan," they said. Prathiba's mother had gone to Channapatna in Bangalore Rural on Sunday and her father and younger brother, Harish, were at home.

Prathiba's parents claimed that she had taken the extreme step as she feared that she might not get an engineering or medical seat because of the prevailing confusion over the admissions.

Poor financial condition

However, the police said the family's financial condition could have driven her to suicide as her father, Sreenivas, was not financially sound to pay the fees for the engineering or medical course.

Some of Prathiba's neighbours said Sreenivas had sought loans from them for his daughter's education.

Meanwhile, the people who had gathered at Prathiba's house were heard blaming the State Government for the admission imbroglio. Some said if the present situation continued, many more students would commit suicide.

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