A 20-year-old student, Haris, committed suicide in the Kaka Sahib area of Nowshera district, after he failed to secure enough marks that could land him in a medical or engineering college.
“Haris wanted to become an engineer or a doctor,” his father Shahab Gul told police.
He had scored less than the desired marks in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) exam.
The lone brother of five sisters was extremely depressed by the results that were announced on July 19.
Gul told the police that he tried to console his son and urged him to take admission in the BA, “but he didn’t want to do BA. He wanted to become an engineer or a doctor,” the father added.
Sub inspector Jehanzeb Khan, in-charge of Nowshera Kalan police station, told The Express Tribune that the boy appeared to be under pressure to get higher grades for admission to a professional college.
“Haris shot himself with a pistol in his house on July 25,” he said.
Police believes that the boy committed suicide due to his parents’ anger at the result, Khan said.
Gul told the police that on the fateful evening, Haris said that he was going on the roof for a walk. “After sometime, I heard a gunshot. As I rushed to the roof, I saw Haris lying dead on the floor with a pistol in his hand,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.