At least 45 students have committed suicide due to failure in examination in Kota in 2014 alone while Jodhpur and Jaipur recorded 2 and 12 deaths.
The recent report by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has also disclosed the alarming fact that Kota has witnessed a stunning rise of 61.3 % in suicide cases with most of them being students in comparison to 2013. According to NCRB report, 4,459 people that included 3,235 males and 1,224 females committed suicide in Rajasthan in 2014.
NCRB has classified 18 reasons of suicide. Students in Kota committed suicide not solely for failure in exams but for failure in love affair and heart break too. Kota, with 26 cases, registered the highest number of suicide in Rajasthan due to heart break while Jaipur and Jodhpur registered 7 and 4 such cases respectively.
In Jaipur 35 people committed suicide due to family problem while 21 people in Jodhpur took the extreme step due to illness. Notably, 380 people in Jaipur and 117 people in Jodhpur committed suicide last year.
Psychologist in SN Medical College, Dr GD Coolwal said, “Students constantly live under severe pressure of social media, parents and relatives, and try to live up to their expectations. On not succeeding, they get depressed and take the extreme step.
Assistant registrar at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur Amerdeep Sharma said, “Counseling with students is very essential during coaching and exams. When they fail to perform, they tend to take the extreme step.”