Dalit medico who wanted to commit suicide makes U-turn

Last Updated 26 February 2016, 19:07 IST

In what was being feared as a possible repeat of Hyderabad University incident in which a Dalit student committed suicide, a Dalit student doing MBBS course in Darbhanga threatened to commit suicide if he was not cleared in the final examinations.

Eventually, an FIR was lodged in this connection by the college administration as a precautionary measure, following which the police quizzed him.

Now, the student has taken a U-turn and says he won’t commit suicide but wants the college authorities to clear him in the final year.   

The 52-year-old student, Kapildev Choudhary, who got admission in Darbhanga Medical College in 1995, has not been able to pass his final exams despite studying there for nearly 21 years.

 Sources say the medico was so frustrated that he had sent smses to HoD, Medicine, Dr B K Singh threatening to kill himself if he was not declared successful in the final examination.

In one such text messages, the medical student said: “Guru ki jeet uchit hai. Shishya ki maut sunishchit hai. Apse 21 sal mila, ab nahin miloonga. (Teacher’s victory is justified. But the student’s death is also a certainty. Have met you for 21 years. But won’t meet you anymore).” 

Alarmed over such suicide threat, and taking a lesson from Hyderabad University incident where a Dalit student Rohith Vemula committed suicide, the Darbhanga Medical College Principal Dr R K Sinha lodged an FIR with the police besides informing the DM and other senior police officials.

“We tried counselling the student, but he was adamant that if he was not declared successful, he would commit suicide,” said the principal, who admitted that he was left with no option other than to inform the police after receiving suicide threat report from the head of the department.

Interestingly, the ‘veteran’ medical student is married and has three children – two sons and one daughter. One of the sons is pursuing MBBS from AIIMS, New Delhi, while the daughter is doing MD at Lady Harding Medical College in the national capital.

(Published 26 February 2016, 19:07 IST)

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