DARCHULADARCHULA, APR 14 – Four teenage schoolgirls committed suicide “en masse”, jumping into the Mahakali river at Dattu VDC in the district on Monday. The girls, sixth and seventh graders at Rastriya Higher Secondary School, jumped into the river after they failed the annual exam, said police.
Nitu Lohar (13) and Mamata Chunara (14) of Dattu-2, and Mamata Chunara (13) and Pooja Koli (14) of Dattu-3 jumped into the river near Udai, about 21km southwest of the district headquarters, Darchula Khalanga. The school made public its results on Monday.
According to Dattu Police Post, three bodies were found a few km downstream on the Indian side, while the body of Pooja is yet to be recovered. Kamala Danga, who accompanied the suicide victims before the incident, said that the girls tied a shawl around their bodies and jumped into the river. She said that she had also agreed to commit suicide together but changed her mind at the last moment. The incident happened while the girls were returning home from the school.
The locals suspect that the girls might have committed suicide, fearing backlash from their families.
Rajesh Singh Samanta, the school headmaster, said that three of the suicide victims failed the final exam.
“They returned home soon after the result publication. We heard that they did not return home and committed suicide,” said Sananta, adding that altogether 70 students in the school failed the final examination.