A 17-years-old student has committed suicide in Kota district of Rajasthan. Kota is popular for its numerous coaching centres, prepares students for highly competitive entrance exams for medical and engineering institutes. This is the third suicide in Rajasthan over the last 5-days.
The victim was preparing himself for the admission to premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), was found hanging at his hostel room yesterday. The body was discovered by his cousin, who also enrolled at the same coaching centre, reports source.
The victim’s parents live in Bihar’s Sivan, had asked his cousin to check on him as he did not reply to their phone calls for hours.
However, no suicide note has been found from his room, reports Kota Police. The deceased body will be sent for postmortem examination as soon as the family arrives at the incident spot.
On December 24, a medical student from Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar has allegedly committed suicide at her hostel room. No suicide note was also found from his room and the matter is under investigation.
A 16-years-old boy from Rajasthan’s Bundi also committed suicide on December 22.
All these suicides once again highlight the extreme pressure that students preparing themselves for competitive entrance exams are undergoing, and Kota, a town which is located 250 km from the state capital Jaipur, which is once popular for its crisp cotton sarees, has become the hub for excellent coaching centres for preparing aspirants.
More than 1.5 lakh students study in the 150-odd coaching centres of the city, gets themselves enrolled in Class 1 and spent the next 2-years gathering knowledge.
Since 2011, over 50 students have committed suicide in Kota.
With the aim to address the never solving problem, a senior administration official has written an open letter to parents 2-years ago, he had asked them not to “force their expectations and dreams on their children.”