A 19-year-old medical aspirant from a tribal community allegedly died by suicide in his house in Choolaimedu in Chennai on Thursday.
The student, who wanted to become a doctor, was ‘depressed’ over being unable to choose the right path in education, PTI reported.
The teenager hung himself when he was alone at home, police said.
“No one is responsible for my death. I wanted to become a doctor… became depressed as I could not choose the right path in education,” he had put out a video message to his friends that he had decided to end his life.
The student breathed his last weeks before he was to take the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the mandatory entrance exam for admission into medical colleges in the country.
According to NDTV, the student secured admission to a private medical college last year, but his family couldn’t afford its fees or enroll him in private coaching.
He was preparing on his own to make it to a government medical college this year.
His mother, a housemaid, returned home only to find her son hanging, the news agency reported.
He was immediately rushed to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him as being brought dead.
A case was registered and an investigation is on, the police said.
More than two dozen medical aspirants, mostly from Dalit and Adivasi communities, including board toppers, have died by suicide over the last few years in Tamil Nadu after failing to secure adequate marks in NEET for admission to government colleges.
Tamil Nadu has been vehemently opposing NEET, arguing that the system favors only those who can afford private coaching.