Aunkurita was strongest in the family, says mother

Aunkurita was the strongest member in the family who was treated more like a son than a daughter," said the mother of 21-year-old Aunkurita Tripathi, whose allegedly committed suicide on Friday afternoon.

Aunkurita was found hanging from a curtain rod at her Sector 32 residence. A BDS student at PU's Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Aunkurita was the elder among two children. An art enthusiast and a trained swimmer, she aspired to become a doctor like many others in her family.

"She would have been a doctor soon like her massi (maternal aunt)," said Lata Tripathi, Aunkurita's mother, as she broke down thinking of the dreams she had nurtured for her daughter.

"She was a nature lover and cared for animals. She would often bring stray puppies home and feed them," she said.

Aunkurita's parents, who have donated their daughter's eyes, are searching for a child who will receive those eyes. "I want to see the eyes of my daughter spreading light in somebody's life," said her mother, looking at her husband, who has been unable to sleep.

While, Aunkurita's father, a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in ITBP, has recluded himself, her brother, who studies in a college in Delhi, has been keeping a strong front and has not cried since he got to know about the incident.

"She was very close to her brother. He keeps on telling me that Aunkurita was a strong girl and we, as her family, should respect the decision she took," said Lata Tripathi.

"She had been sincere towards her studies and never failed in her entire life. Probably that is why she was unable to accept the result on that day, " she said adding she had no clue why her daughter had named the lecturer in her suicide note.

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