An 18-year-old student allegedly committed suicide in his rented apartment in Rajasthan’s Kota, police said on Tuesday, underlining a growing trend which experts attribute to performance pressure on youngsters flocking to a city known for its coaching centres.
Police said the body of Sidhartha Chaudhary, hailing from Bihar, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his rented one-room apartment in the Talwandi area of the city on Tuesday.
Chaudhary is the second student to have allegedly killed himself this month in Kota after 17-year-old Tarachand Sirvi, another coaching institute student, hanged himself in the Mahaveer Nagar area of the city on October 2.
Jitendra Singh, station house officer of the Jawahar Nagar police station said that the family of Chaudhary had called up the house-owner after repeated calls to the youngster’s mobile went unanswered.
When the landlord approached the locked room, he detected a foul smell following which he called the police, Singh said, adding the body had already started decomposing.
The police official said the post-mortem would be carried out on Wednesday after the student’s family members’ arrival in Kota.
Though no suicide note has been found, Singh said the student had not attended his classes for some time. The student was preparing for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) from a premier coaching institute.
Every year, more than 1.5 lakh student from across the country enroll in the 40-odd coaching institutes to prepare for the highly-competitive entrance examinations for different professional coaches.
National Crime Records Bureau data show that 45 students committed suicide in Kota in 2014, a rise of more than 61 per cent from 2013, though some of the cases are also said to be due to failed affairs and other reasons.
Recently, several coaching institutes jointly launched a round-the-clock helpline to offer counselling, track callers suffering from depression and provide assistance.