30 Jan 2024

Kota Student Suicides: Sad news comes from Kota, Rajasthan: Teen girl takes extreme step, 2nd suicide in one week

In the early hours of Monday, an 18-year-old girl in Kota, Rajasthan, took her own life, leaving a note explaining that she felt compelled to resort to this extreme step as she believed she couldn't succeed in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

The Deputy Superintendent of Police in Kota, Dharamveer Singh, disclosed that the young girl, Niharika Solanki, lived with her parents and was actively preparing for the JEE, which was scheduled for January 31. 

Niharika expressed her despair in suicide note

In the note she left behind, Niharika expressed her despair, stating, "Mummy papa, I can’t do JEE, so I (commit) suicide. I am a loser. Worst daughter. Sorry mummy papa. Yahi last option he (This is the last option)."

According to the authorities, her father works as a security guard at a bank, and Niharika was the eldest of three daughters. The tragic incident occurred in the jurisdiction of the Borkhera police station in Kota, a location known for a high number of suicides among those preparing for competitive exams.

Niharika's cousin, Vikram Singh, who resides nearby, reported that during the incident, her father was at work. He mentioned, "She, one of her sisters, their mother, and grandmother were at home."

Hemant, Vikram's brother, shared that around 9-10 am, Niharika's mother called out for her, but there was no response. When her sister went to check on her, they found the door locked from the inside. Concerned, the family discovered a cloth on the other side of the transom window above the door, raising fears about the situation.

Niharika needed 75 percent in board exam for JEE eligibility

Family members and neighbors gathered outside her door, eventually breaking it open after finding a cloth on the window. According to her cousin, Niharika had scored 70 percent in the RBSE exam but needed 75 percent for JEE eligibility, prompting her to study for the Class 12 exam again.

Despite her efforts, she fell short of the required marks. The National Testing Agency specifies that candidates eligible for admission to NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs based on JEE Main ranks should secure at least 75 percent in Class 12 exams or be in the top 20 percentile in their respective state.

Niharika's cousin Hemant revealed that she devoted around 8-9 hours daily to studying, including six hours of coaching. Just the night before, they had played badminton together.

The DSP mentioned that the body was handed over to the family after post-mortem.

30 student suicides in the past year

This tragedy marks the second suicide in Kota this year, following a similar incident involving a JEE aspirant from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, just last week. The city has witnessed about 30 student suicides in the past year.

Recently, Kota District Collector Dr. Ravindra Goswami launched 'Kamyab Kota,' a new initiative aimed at addressing the concerns of JEE and NEET aspirants. The initiative involves weekly dinners with coaching students to discuss any issues they may be facing. Despite various initiatives over the years to curb student suicides, the issue persists.

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