26,500 students committed suicide in 2014-16: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

In 2016, the highest number of student suicides took place in Maharashtra.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2018 23:49 IST
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Almost 26,500 students committed suicide in the country between 2014 and 2016.(Representative Photo)

Almost 26,500 students committed suicide in the country between 2014 and 2016, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 9,474 students took their lives in 2016, 8,934 students in 2015 and 8,068 in 2014.

In 2016, the highest number of student suicides (1,350) took place in Maharashtra, followed by West Bengal (1,147), Tamil Nadu (981) and Madhya Pradesh (838), Ahir said replying to a written question.

Maharashtra witnessed 1,230 such suicides in 2015, and Tamil Nadu, 955. In the same year, 730 students took their lives in Chhattisgarh and 676 in West Bengal, he said.

First Published: Mar 14, 2018 23:49 IST