On the night of 21st January, the Kirori Mal College hostel was drowned in commotion. In an act that could have resulted in his death, a final year graduation student accidentally slashed his wrist under the influence of alcohol. Realizing the severity of his action, he panicked and raised an alarm. His friends and the warden found him in his room and took him to a nearby hospital immediately. His condition is stable now and he is on the road to recovery.
The main reason behind this radical step was the severe depression that he was undergoing due to the failure of not having cleared a competitive examination. Having been a bright student throughout his college life , the result had shocked him and caused within him intense distress.
The police, in their statement, have informed that no case is being filed against him (In India, an attempt to commit suicide is a crime punishable by the law) as he was in an inebriated state, at the time of the incident.
Though the media has sensationalized the incident far too much, disrespecting his space; the college has handled the issue in a very mature manner, honoring the privacy of the student and keeping the incident’s repercussion scaled down.
The few students of Kirori Mal College that we spoke to were completely dazed. Although they had not know him personally, as he had always been a very quiet and a studious student who kept to himself on most occasions, they were very concerned about the building pressure of performing well that had compelled him to take such a drastic step.
This incident forces the debate on the cut throat competition and the futility of competitive examinations comes into the immediate foreground. Is a test, whose result depresses the brightest of students into questioning their very existence, a healthy mechanism of scanning talent? Are we really getting the best through such exams? Is the youth of India so vulnerable and fragile that they can be murdered under the stress of exam results? Can the journey of life be modeled around the outcome of a three hour paper? Are those three hours really a litmus test, failing which, life becomes worthless?
Fortunately, for the Kirori Mal student, life has fought its way back into his being. He now has the chance of seeing beyond the endless tunnel of darkness that was overpowering his life. The world goes on; the universe remains the same; no matter who fares how and in which exam. Opportunities close, doors open. The hardworking always find their way.
The best approach, now, for us, would be to stop hawking his life for the details of the how-when-why. It doesn’t matter. He has received a second chance to live his life. Let him rejuvenate his mind and recuperate his life.