Blind student threatens suicide after medical seat is cancelled
Suresh, a 19-year-old medical student from Karnataka, who is unable to see beyond a distance of 8 cm has threatened suicide.
This is after the Medical Council of India cancelled his admission to college since his disability is regarded too severe for someone taking the MBBS course.
Suresh was given admission in 2016 by authorities in Karnataka who failed to take note of his condition. It was cancelled a year later.
In August, Suresh wrote a five-page letter, and a separate two-page suicide note with a headline - 'Notice of Death' in which he talked about his struggle to get a college seat.
He said that despite his 70% visual disability, he scored 86% in his Class 12 examinations, studied hard for his medical college exam, and sold family property to pay for his first year fees.
Suresh says he is severely depressed and says he will end his life if he does not get a solution in his favour.
Officials of the Karnataka Examination Authority allotted him a seat under the disability quota after he scored a rank of 20,000 out of 1.5 lakh in the common entrance test.
This was cancelled a year later as it violated a rule that says that only those disabled in the lower limbs can get a medical seat. Also anyone with over 70% disability is not eligible for admission at all.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 allows 5% reservation without any exception in all educational institutions. But as this came into force in 2017, it does not apply to Suresh’s case because he took admission last year.
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