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Two students kill themselves after Bihar Class XII results

01 Jun 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Protests, suicides after Bihar Board exam results

At least two girls, who appeared for Class XII exams under the Bihar School Examination Board, killed themselves after results were declared.

Khusbu Kumari of Pirpainti hung herself to death, while Kiran Kumari of Kasaria jumped in front of a train.

Another student in Sheikhpura tried to commit suicide, but was stopped by her family.

In context: Protests, suicides after Bihar Board exam results

01 Jun 2017Two students kill themselves after Bihar Class XII results

ResultsBihar's Class XII pass percentage dropped 32% this time

This time, the Bihar Board adopted stringent measures while conducting examinations, after a massive results scam last year left it red-faced. It was accused of corruption and brazen favoritism.

A mere one-third of 12.4 lakh students who appeared for their Class XII exams passed this time.

Compared to last year's 67.66%, the pass percentage in 2017 was 35.25%.

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A third student tried suicide but was stopped by family

SuicidesA third student tried suicide but was stopped by family

Khusbu hung herself at her maternal grandfather's house in Palatkhar Jogia Talab of Bhagalpur district.

She cried for two hours after the results, then went inside her room and locked it.

Kiran, meanwhile, was told by her friend that she had failed, but her father informed her she had passed.

Her body was later found on the tracks, 3km from her house.

ProtestsMeanwhile, Class XII students protest results at various places

Students meanwhile protested the results in front of the Council office. They pelted stones and tried to climb the main gate, but were stopped by police.

Effigy of Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB Chairman Anand Kishor were burnt.

Members and supporters of ABVP, RSS, AISF and other organizations also joined protestors in a dharna at Kargil Chowk.