Family’s jubilation turns to mourning

Private university’s final-year student allegedly commits suicide

Yusra Salim April 13, 2016
Abdul Basit. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Family members of 27-year-old Abdul Basit Jamal Siddiqui waited to celebrate the end of his BDS exams on Monday. But the joy turned to grief instead as they mourned his death on Tuesday.

Abdul Basit, a final-year student of BDS at the Hamdard University’s (HU) main campus, committed suicide by immolating himself.

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The apparent reason behind this extreme action: the university’s management did not allow him to appear in his final paper. He reached the university late because of which the university administration disallowed him from appearing in the exam.

The exam for the paper was held between 11am to 1pm at the university’s main campus on Monday, but Abdul Basit arrived at the campus half an hour after the paper ended. He came in at around 1:30pm when the examination had already finished and external examiners left the university, read a text message sent in by the university management.

His teacher, Dr Abrar, barred him from appearing in the exam and told him to consult the principal. Principal of Hamdard University’s main campus Dr Furqan also told him that he would not be allowed to sit in the exam, but he could go to the university’s city campus in Nazimabad if he sought further information in this regard.

Abdul Basit went to Nazimabad campus at 2.30 pm and requested the vice-principal to allow him to appear in the exam as it was his final year, narrated her mother Fatima Shahid. When Vice-Principal Nadeem Khokhar refused, Abdul Basit attempted suicide at the dental hospital.

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“He was enrolled in 2007 in the BDS programme and failed every year in some courses and repeated every year during the four years of BDS,” Dr Furqan, the principal, told The Express Tribune. He added that none of the universities in the city allowed students to appear in an exam if he arrived late.

Explaining her son’s delay, Abdul Basit’s mother said that he got delayed after his vehicle broke down.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2016.