A young school principal in Bangalore, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, hanged himself Friday, apparently overpowered by guilt.
Vivek Vardhan, 29, had failed to remit examination fees collected from students to the government, thus preventing them from sitting for their examinations.
When repeated knocks on his doors by the maid went unanswered, friends and staff broke in, only to find Vivek hanging from a ceiling fan. They rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he was declared brought dead.
A suicide note blaming himself for the sorry turn of events was found in the house.
He had become a father only five months ago, but was at the time alone, as his wife was away, living with her mother.
Last fortnight anxious parents of 18 of his students had sought his help as their wards had not received their hall tickets, only on production of which one can take one's examinations.
Vivek promised them not to worry. They would get them anyway.
Days passed, still the hall tickets were not materializing. Only then the parents learned that even the students' examination application forms had not been forwarded to the relevant authorities. And of course the fees they had paid had not been remitted.
Even as they were agonizing what to do next, Vivek had ended his life, reports Times of India.
"We are all devastated. We don't know what happened and why he didn't pay the fees. My daughter is inconsolable, not because of the uncertainty over the examinations, but due to the principal's death. He was a good teacher," said Anand, a parent.
On coming to know of Vivek's suicide, the Karnataka State Secondary Education Board has decided to allow the defaulting students too to take their examinations, which start on March 31.