On student's death by suicide, father asks IIT-Kharagpur ‘why so much stress’ | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

On student's death by suicide, father asks IIT-Kharagpur ‘why so much stress’

Oct 19, 2023 02:59 PM IST

The father of IIT Kharagpur student questioned the institute on academic pressure and dimissed ragging as the reason of his son's death.

The recent death of a fourth year student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, once again raised concerns over students facing academic pressure at premium institutes in the country.

IIT Kharagpur(Sourced)
IIT Kharagpur(Sourced)

K Kiran Chandra was a student of IIT Kharagpur in the electrical engineering department who allegedly died by suicide on Wednesday. Thee institute said in a statement that the victime chose the path of ‘self-harm’, while mourning the sudden demise.

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

Read more: IIT-Delhi students meet faculty members after suicide at hostel

The student's father claimed that Chandra was in a lot of pressure. “Why is there so much stress? Why is our kid being made to suffer so much at IIT?” he asked, rulling out ragging as a possible reason of his son's death.

"Till about 7:30 pm the student was with two of his roommates in their hostel room. Later, the other two students left for academic activities. Subsequently around 8:30 pm, fellow boarders found his room locked from inside,” the statement said.

The student lived at the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Hall of Residence. A police investigation has been initiated after a registering a case.

“As of now, we have not received any complaint from the victim’s family alleging foul play. An unnatural death case has been registered under the Indian Penal Code. We are waiting for the autopsy report,” a police official said.

Earlier in 2022, a third-year mechanical engineering student from Assam, was found dead in his hostel room. The 23-year-old victim’s parents had moved the Calcutta high court alleging that he was murdered. The high court had later set up a special investigation team (SIT), to probe the death and allowed a narco-analysis test of the witnesses.

(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. Helplines: Aasra: 022 2754 6669; Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050 and Sanjivini: 011-24311918, Roshni Foundation (Secundrabad) Contact Nos: 040-66202001, 040-66202000, ONE LIFE: Contact No: 78930 78930, SEVA: Contact No: 09441778290

Tell us what your First Vote will stand for in a short video & get a chance to be featured on HT’s social media handles. Click here to know more!

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections 2024, Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live, Election 2024 Date, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On