Body of a 16-year-old coaching student was found on the banks of the Chambal river in Kota on Wednesday. The boy had gone missing four days ago after leaving an emotional letter to his father for “failing to live up to his expectations.”
Fifteen students have committed suicide in the city this year with most of them attributing it to the fear of failure. In October, another coaching student, Aman Kumar Gupta, had jumped into the river minutes after recording a video message for his parents.
A native of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar, Ashish Satyam was taking coaching to for IIT-JEE for the last year in Kota. He was residing as a paying guest in Talwandi area in the city.
According to the police, Ashish had completed his course and was scheduled to return home on November 21. He had booked a railway ticket, but went missing a couple of days before he was supposed to board the train after leaving a note addressed to his father. The police were looking for the boy for the past three days.
Jawahar Nagar police station circle inspector Harish Bharti told reporters that the body was found on the banks of Chambal Garden and it was suspected that the boy had committed suicide as he was under academic stress. A mobile phone was also recovered on the body.
“In his letter, Ashish had apologised to his father for failing to live up to his expectations. He had also urged his elder sisters to take care of their parents as he is going away,” Bharti said.
The body was handed over to Ashish’s mother, who reached Kota two day ago looking for his son, after post mortem.
Every year around 1.50 lakh students comes to Kota for taking coaching to crack medical and engineering entrance examinations.
Recently, several coaching institutes jointly launched a round-the-clock helpline to offer counselling, track callers suffering from depression and provide assistance.
The district administration also asked all coaching institutes to conduct a screening test for students seeking admission to coaching institutes and to give parents an assessment of their wards’ chances of cracking the entrance exams.