Patna. Anger and frustration boiled out onto the streets as parents and relatives of students taking the board examinations in Bihar protested against the persistent media coverage and shaming of their brave and fearless acts to help their children pass the exams.
“What message are they trying to convey to the society? That parents should abandon their children just when they need them the most? We put our lives on the line to set an example of how to help each other out against all odds and this is what we get for it? We’re being maligned just because we’re courageous? I’ve lost all faith in humanity!” said a visibly emotional and upset parent who braved the police and climbed 36 feet to pass chits to his daughter, who, he said, will have difficulty getting married if she is unable to pass the exams.
The never-ending stream of memes and jokes on social media has left parents worried as their kids are no longer able to access Facebook or Twitter without avoiding another humiliation at the hands of keyboard warriors.
“It’s sad that people are attempting to get cheap laughs out of this tragedy. Our culture is under attack and they’re making spiderman jokes on us? This is pure apathy. I request all our friends who have migrated out of Bihar and are settled in the other less civilized parts of the country to enlighten their friends about how sacred our cheating culture is to us. We need to spread awareness so that people don’t have any misconceptions about it,” said the examination supervisor at one of the centers.
The cheating culture in Bihar is an yearly ritual where parents and guardians of students attempt to outdo each other in terms of the lengths they can go to support their candidate. The winners of this “Cheatathon” are in high demand every year for their skill and expertise. This time of the year is also the favorite of policemen who compete against themselves to get stationed outside one of the centers.
An old veteran who has documented the cheating culture in hopes of preserving it for future generations, said this could be the darkest year in his memory after 1996, when only 12% of the appearing candidates passed the exams after the high court was given the responsibility of conducting them.
“We’ve betrayed our ancestors who upheld this ritual for decades despite all attempts by the government to wipe it out. I knew social media was going to bite us with it’s evil fangs. I’m lucky to have witnessed the golden era but I think the end is nigh,” he said as he signed off.