19 Sept 2023

Kota Suicide: Minor girl student from UP consumes poison, 26th incident this year

Kota: Once again sad news has come out from Kota, which is called the 'Education Factory' of Rajasthan. A minor student resident of Mau town of Uttar Pradesh died of suicide on Monday. Despite all the efforts of the state government, administration and coaching institutes, the cases of student suicide in Kota are not showing any signs of stopping.

The 16-year-old girl Priyas from Mau, UP, who was preparing for NEET in Kota,  consumed pesticide.  This is the second incident of suicide in the last two weeks and the 8th suicide in the last two months. This is the 26th incident of suicide this year. The student lived in Vigyan Nagar area of Kota and was a resident of Mau town of Uttar Pradesh. 

No suicide note was recovered

DSP Dharmveer Singh said no suicide note was recovered from Priyas's room. Police are conducting a probe to ascertain the reason behind the extreme step taken by the girl.

The mounting cases have put the government under pressure, as the administration has been unable to find a solution despite issuing guidelines for coaching institutes as well as hostels and PG accommodations for implementing a slew of suicide prevention measures.

Additional SP Bhagwat Singh Hingad told that the girl has taken poison and post-mortem report is awaited. 

Last week a Jharkhand girl had died of suicide

Last week, a 16-year-old girl student who had come from Jharkhand to prepare for Kota NEET had committed suicide by hanging herself.

Despite many efforts, cases of student suicide are continuously increasing in Kota. There is intense discussion about student suicide across the country. The state government, administration and coaching centers are continuously trying to prevent such incidents. 

Measures to end suicides

Help is being sought from hostel wardens, mess vendors to tiffin vendors. Kota administration had recently ordered to install spring ceiling fans in hostels and PGs. Emphasis is being laid on talking to students and reducing study pressure. Even after this, the incidents of suicide are not stopping.

Last week, the state's UHD minister Shanti Dhariwal faced flak when he claimed that a Jharkhand girl, who had hanged herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room, had stated in her letter that she was taking her life because of a "love affair". Police had denied recovering any suicide note from the teen's room or finding any clue of an affair.

Earlier, chief minister Ashok Gehlot had appealed to parents not to put pressure on their children to crack medical or engineering entrance exams.

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