Rajasthan Cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal has claimed that suicide cases among students are happening due to “affairs” and “parental pressure”.
Shanti Dhariwal was speaking about the recent death of a 16-year-old girl in Kota. “There is a need to investigate each and every case. In the case of the girl from Jharkhand who died today, it was found out that she had an affair due to which she died. She has left a letter,” Dhariwal said.
On Tuesday, a 16-year-old student, who was preparing in Kota for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), was found hanging in her room.
“There is a need to go into why students die by suicide. There have been cases where students have committed suicide due to affairs. A boy comes from Bihar and finds out he does not have as much calibre to perform as other students who stay with him do. He could also die by suicide due to peer pressure,” he added.
Dhariwal also held “parental pressure” as another reason for the suicide cases and added, “There is parental pressure to perform as well.”
STUDENT’S SUICIDES IN KOTA
Around two lakh students flock to Kota annually, hoping to qualify for exams such as the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) by taking up coaching classes in the area.
In 2023, the authorities reported 25 student deaths by suicides in Kota, the highest number in any year.
According to Rajasthan Police data, the figure was 15 in 2022, 18 in 2019, 20 in 2018, seven in 2017, 17 in 2016, and 18 in 2015. No student suicide was reported in Kota in 2020 and 2021 because the coaching institutes were shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response to a spate of suicides in Kota, the district administration had earlier issued an order mandating the installation of spring-loaded fans in all hostel rooms and paying guest accommodations.