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Faced with failure, tribal AIIMS student hangs self

March 5, 2012

A first-year MBBS student at AIIMS, who hailed from a village in Rajasthan and was the second topper in the Scheduled Tribe category at the all-India medical entrance test, allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Saturday.
Anil Kumar Meena, 22, was reportedly facing problems coping with the English-medium instructions at the institute. His friends and family members alleged that Anil, the son of atribal farmer in Baran district, had been facing discrimination at the institute due to his rural background and Hindi-medium education.
MBBS students at AIIMS have decided to boycott classes from Monday, demanding the resignation of director Dr R C Deka. He was depressed for the past few days as he had failed to clear his firstyear exams and was to reappear as a fresh candidate for the semester tests from Monday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chaya Sharma said Anil had locked himself up in his hostel room throughout Saturday. “His concerned friends called the security guard and made him look through the room ventilator on Sunday morning. The guard found him hanging. No suicide note was found,” she said. The body had been sent for autopsy. “We played cricket together on Friday. After that, he came over to my hostel room in the night to watch a comedy serial. Though he was sad over his poor results, he did not appear suicidal,” said Rajesh Ghunawat, a second-year student.
DISCRIMINATED?
Son of a tribal farmer, Anil Meena had No. 2 rank in ST category of all-India medical entrance test. He was facing problems coping with English lectures at AIIMS and had to take 1st-year exams again. Students allege Anil received no help from teachers and director refused to meet him.
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