Engineering college seat aspirant ends life

DAVANGERE, AUG. 21. An 18-year-old girl, Mamatha, reportedly committed suicide at Harihar on Friday around 9.30 p.m. as she felt that her chances of securing admission to an engineering course had diminished in view of the recent developments.

Mamatha, who had secured the 45,612nd rank in the Common Entrance Test (CET), was disappointed when she saw reports in newspapers that the CET Cell had suspended counselling for admissions to professional colleges in view of the Supreme Court referring to a larger Bench a batch of petitions challenging the State law on seat sharing. She hoped that she would get a Computer Science seat and become a software engineer if the seat-sharing ratio was maintained at 75:25 in favour of the Government. Mamatha, whose parents had gone to Vadera village, sent her younger brother and younger sister out of her room and hanged herself. Her father, Somalingappa, who was an employee of the Kirloskar factory, started cultivating his land following the closure of the factory sometime ago.

As news of Mamatha's suicide spread, students and parents visited her house. Tension prevailed at Harihar.

Mamatha was cremated on Saturday at a village near Harihar. The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, attended the funeral.