A student enrolled in a coaching centre committed suicide by hanging himself at his rented accommodation in the city’s Mahaveer Nagar area on Monday. However, it was not immediately known if stress was the reason for him taking the extreme step.
The incident occurred barely a day before the district administration was expected to re-activate a dormant helpline meant for aiding students. Circle inspector Bhanwar Singh said the deceased, 14-yearold Bhanu Singh from Saharsa in Bihar, was put up at a paying guest accommodation in the city. A Class 10 student, he had been enrolled in a foundation course for a medical entrance test at a coaching institute for the last one year.
The incident came to light when Bhanu’s relatives tried to call him upon Sunday night, but received no response. They alerted the owner of the accommodation, who visited his room only to find the student hanging from the ceiling fan.
But the police are yet to attribute the incident to exam-related stress. “The reason is not known because the student did not leave behind any suicide note,” Bhanwar Singh said, adding that an investigation is on.
Bhanu was the third student to commit suicide in Kota over the last one week, and the twentieth this year. A rash of such incidents has increased calls for re-activating a dormant helpline meant for providing succour to stressed students. “We hope that the helpline will be re-launched on Tuesday or Wednesday. It was functional till 2010. A special BSNL number has been taken for the purpose,” said district collector Ravi Kumar Surpur on Monday.
Over 1.25 lakh students head to coaching institutes in Kota every year with dreams of cracking highly competitive entrance exams. However, the rigorous study schedule and the high-pressure environment take their toll on many among them, pushing them to suicide.
Divya Kumawat, a Jaipur-based child psychologist, believes that parents areas much in need of counselling as students .“I just counsel led a 17-year-old girl who attempted suicide because her parents would not let her pursue her passion for dancing. This girl was made to believe that her life was unsuccessful. Parents need to realise that it’s okay if their child does not excel in every single field,” said Kumawat.