Woman rushes to write exam four hours after delivery

Patna: A woman in Bihar rushed to an examination centre with her newborn in arms on Wednesday to write her language papers at the ongoing Grade 12 examination barely four hours after she had delivered the baby boy at a local hospital.

The bizarre incident took place in Saran district, some 80km west of Patna, on Wednesday which was the second day of the Grade 12 examination being conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB).

Reports said Babita Kumari, a resident of Marhaura block in Saran district, was preparing for her examination at home with books in hands when she suddenly complained of labour pain on Tuesday evening.

Subsequently, her family members admitted her to the local referral hospital. At around 5am on Wednesday, she delivered a baby boy and was advised by the doctors to take rest.

However, as she remained adamant on appearing at the examination which was to start only a few hours later, the doctors eventually relieved her.

With baby in arms, she instantly rushed to her examination centre at Ideal Government Middle School to take her examination. Here too, the centre superintendent reportedly advised her to take rest but she remained firm on writing her paper after which she was allowed to sit for the examination.

However, as the examination began she encountered difficulties in writing answers with her newborn disturbing her too much.

“In between breastfeeding and caressing her newborn baby at regular intervals, she tried to write answers but found frequently interrupted by baby crying more often in the examination hall. So, we allowed her mother-in-law to take care of her baby to help her finish the examination,” centre superintendent Binod Kumar told the media on Thursday.

“It’s amazing. We salute her passion for study,” Kumar added.

The woman was married to Budhan Mahto, a migrant labourer, last year but she focused on her studies to get a job. “My husband is a daily wage earner but I want to study,” she said.

A total of over 1.20 million examinees, including 488,130 female candidates, are taking the intermediate examination which began on Tuesday amid heavy security arrangements. Besides extra deployment of police force, CCTV cameras have been installed and video-recording is being done to ensure a fair examination.

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