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2 Jun, 2019 11:07

Family of Indian girl who killed herself thinking she failed exam calls for educators to be arrested

Family of Indian girl who killed herself thinking she failed exam calls for educators to be arrested

15-year-old Arutla became yet another victim in India who committed suicide over not passing exams. But her tragedy is not over yet, as her sister says the exam was not graded correctly and is calling for arrests.

Arutla Anamika died by suicide on April 18, the day the results of her Intermediate first year examinations were released and revealed she had failed her Telugu language exam. She was one of 26 students to kill themselves over their exams, the Hindustan Times reports.

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The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) was ordered by the high court to re-check the students’ exam results following a petition from the Child Rights Association.

The updated results posted indicated that Anamika had passed her exams, India Times reports. Her sister checked the results on Saturday and found she had received 48 marks out of 100 instead of the original 20. She told the media that her sister’s suicide was the result of a mistake by the board and called for them to be arrested.

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Hours later, BIE secretary A Ahsok said in a press release that the girl did not actually pass and only received 21 marks, “which was just one mark more than the original marks.”

Ahsok said that a clerical mistake had caused the 48 mark to be uploaded and that none of the students who died by suicide had passed in the updated results.

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