At a time when even the prime minister and chief minister are reaching out to students and sharing tips on how to remain stress-free during exams, over dozen youngsters in Madhya Pradesh have committed suicide in the past two months allegedly due to study stress.
According to the National Crime Record Bureau, 645 students ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh in 2014 and the numbers have been increasing.
“Family, school and society are the three institutions which affect every child’s life. With growing economic pressure parents are not able to give enough time to children. Teachers are so exhausted with clerical jobs and they fail to interact with students apart from studies, while the society constantly overburdens a student. In these circumstances children often feel low and take steps that are beyond predictions,” said educationalist prof M Zameeruddin.
Parenting counsellor Aamir Mehboob believes that only remedy to curb stress and undue tension that children are going through was to give them a congenial environment. “Children have self-esteem, but which parents and teachers often overlook. The fear of humiliation and constant discouragement and comparison, overpowers children and sometimes they cannot take this pressure.”
Student suicides this year
Rising study stress and depression level has taken several lives in the state in just two months. Here’s a quick shot at the cases
Pragati Deshmukh, 15, committed suicide on March 1. In a suicide note she said she was taking the step as she could not bag the first position
Class 10 student Sonu Ahirvar of Lavanya Gurukul School, Bhopal, set himself on fire on March 2 after the invigilator snatched his paper during the board exam. He suffered 80% burns
Class 6 student Moin Khan, 12, hanged himself from the grill of a window at his house in Devjhiri colony, Barwani
Sumit Moye, 15, a student of Government Naveen High School committed suicide on February 27 in his Jahangirabad house
On February 27, Indra Sharma, 20, a B Sc student committed suicide.
On February 26, Nancy Chirolia, a Class 12 student of Jabalpur’s Millennium School hanged herself as she was afraid of failing in exams
Class 12 student Shiv Kumar Dhurve in Jabalpur’s Chappar area committed suicide on February 25 by hanging self in the hostel room
On February 23, Aditya Singh, 16, a Class 11 student of Delhi Public School, was found hanging from a slider in a park in front of his house in Red Square Colony after he failed the final exams
On February 22, a Bhopal’s Rashidiya School student Chotu Khatik committed suicide by hanging himself. He was very reluctant to go to school, parents said
A third-year student of MANIT, Malla Venkatesh Sai Pallavi, committed suicide in her college hostel on February 10. A suicide note recovered indicated the girl was home sickness and was under study pressure
Sohail, a Class 12 private student, from Barwani committed suicide on January 17
On January, 25 Priya Kuchbandiya was found hanging in her house
On January 13, a Class 10 student Srishti from Ratnapur’s Carmel Convent School committed suicide. The student was suffering from depression.
How students can avoid stress
Students should prevent themselves from looking at exams as a ‘do or die’ situation; failure in exams is not the end of life
They should not compare themselves with their peers as comparison only leads to anxiety and depression
During exams, they should consolidate themselves with what they have learnt and not panic
Social media, especially Facebook and Whatsapp, should be avoided as these act as distraction.
(Suggestions by Vinay Mishra, psychologist)