Palghar: A 22-year-old woman has written to Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde complaining about the "lacunae" and red tape in the existing educational system which "act as deterrent" in pursuing studies, and sought permission to end her life.
The woman, a resident of Palghar, sent the letter narrating her plight to Mr Tawde on Sunday night and released its copies to the media.
In the letter, she referred to the "lacunae" and red tape in the education system, which she said, puts "too many terms and conditions" for taking admission and act as "deterrent in pursuing studies" and subsequently making a successful career.
"I would like to seek your permission to end my life as I have been unsuccessful in my career due to too many procedures required to complete education," the woman said.
The woman said she was doing a bachelor's course in pharmacy from a private college in Palghar.
"My father somehow managed to pay Rs 1.5 lakh donation and three years' fees of the college. In the mid-term of my third year, the college did not allow me to sit for exams as I had not submitted my caste validity certificate," she claimed.
"I completed my first and second year with first class.
After repeated visits over several months to government offices, my father got my certificate. But, when I submitted it to the college, they said it was too late and I will have to start my course all over again.
I was shocked...I made every possible attempt to convince my Principal and college management, but they rejected my plea and referred to university rules," the woman claimed.
"My efforts to explain them the time-consuming procedure required to get the certificate failed to yield any positive result.
It was end of my dream. I always dreamt higher...I always thought, being the eldest among my siblings, I will (financially) support my father," girl claimed in the letter.
"He (the woman's father) worked very hard for 14 to 15 hours a day by driving bus and other vehicles to arrange for my college fees, but everything is of no use now," she said.
"Therefore, I don't want to complete my education under the existing system. Please allow me to kill myself as I don't want to hurt my family any more," the woman said.
Her father said he has two more children who are also studying.