A teenage girl who committed suicide for failing a high school exam had in fact passed, her family said.
High school student Anamika Arutla, 17, was one of 26 students who committed suicide after exam results were revealed in India in April.
Preliminary results published by the Telangana Middle Education Council revealed that Anamika failed her first year (class 11) intermediate exams.
The same day, the teenager committed suicide at her grandmother’s home in Bansilalpet in Secunderabad, the Hindustan Times reported.
In an attempt to double-check the results, her sister uploaded the grade sheet 44 days later to find that Anamika had, in fact, been successful.
But within hours, educators changed their stance again and said she had indeed failed.
The website showed that she scored 21 out of 100 points in Telugu, a language spoken in some Indian states.
I think it’s not suicide on his part. It is certainly a murder committed by the government. “
Anamika’s sister, Udaya Arutla
The board of education claimed there had been a “clerical error”.
Secretary A Ashok said in a statement, “She didn’t get 48 points but only got 21, which was only one point higher than the original points.”
He added that none of the 26 students who also allegedly committed suicide had passed the exam, saying: “They would have failed even after re-checking anyway.”
Anamika’s older sister Udaya told NDTV: “I think it is not suicide on her part. It is surely a murder committed by the government.”
She also wrote in a column on Filter Kaapi, saying, “When I learned the grades, I knew there was a mistake because she got 8 GPA in Telugu in class X. But Anamika didn’t wait to find out what this error was.
“She was brave, she actually was, in the NCC and her man would say he hasn’t seen a braver girl.
“Anamika aspired to be the best cadet in the NCC in school and college, and then to become an army officer. She was full of dreams and hope.
If the notes she now had had been reported on April 18, she would have been alive today. “
Anamika’s sister, Udaya Arutla
“I know my sister will not come back. But I want to fight for justice for her and also for my parents.
“And I want to say to all young people, whether you succeed or fail, don’t commit suicide. You can go, but you will leave those who are in great pain.
“What’s even more traumatic about Anamika’s case is that if the marks she now has had been reported on April 18, she would have been alive today.
“She would have gladly visited an NCC camp in Delhi, for which she was selected. She had attended an interview 10 days before her death and we only got the result last week.”
Anamika lived with her grandmother in Hyderabad so that she could attend a better school.
Her father is a greengrocer and her mother is a housewife.
Children’s rights association president P Achyuta Rao said it was “an obvious case of board blunder” and called on the secretary to be arrested for “charges of aiding and abetting suicide”.
Widespread irregularities and writing errors were reported in exams, prompting protests from students and parents, and leading to a recount of grades and re-checking of answers for those students who allegedly failed.
Last year, a British schoolgirl took her own life after visiting a dark web suicide chat room.
Leilani Clarke, 16, felt like she had “no hope” after receiving disappointing results from the simulated GCSE – turning to the internet’s underground world that prey on vulnerable people, an investigation has said.
If you, or someone you know, needs help coping with mental health issues, the Samaritans can be contacted at 116 123, or visit the Mind website.
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