In a distressing incident, an 18-year-old Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) aspirant in Kota, Rajasthan, took her own life, marking the second such case in the coaching hub this month. The young student, Nihari Singh, was found hanging at her residence in the Borkheda area, leaving behind a poignant suicide note.
According to the police, Singh, who was repeating Class 12 and residing with her father, expressed her inability to cope with the JEE pressure in her heartbreaking note. The note read, “Mummy, Papa, I can’t do JEE. So I suicide. I am a loser. I am the worst daughter [sic]. Sorry Mummy, Papa. This is the last option I have.”
Following the tragic discovery, Singh’s body has been sent for a post-mortem examination, and investigations are currently underway.
This incident closely follows the suicide of an 18-year-old NEET aspirant, Mohammed Zaid, in Kota last week. Zaid, a resident of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, hanged himself on January 24, while preparing for his second attempt at NEET in a Kota hostel.
Kota, renowned as a coaching hub, has unfortunately gained notoriety for a surge in student suicides. Nearly 30 students took their own lives in the town last year. Approximately 2 lakh students from across the country flock to Kota each year to prepare for competitive exams like JEE and NEET, battling mental stress and depression in the intensely competitive environment.
In response to the alarming rise in suicides, local authorities have implemented measures such as mandating anti-hanging devices on ceiling fans. However, there is a growing consensus on the need for a comprehensive overhaul in the approach of coaching institutes and parents.
Dr. Bharat Singh Shekhawat, head of the psychiatry department at Kota Medical College, emphasizes the necessity of addressing the root causes behind the escalating student suicides. He highlights the impact of missing out on crucial school experiences like extracurricular activities and friendships, especially for students who join coaching institutes at a young age.
As the community grapples with this profound issue, it is crucial to provide support for those experiencing suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is in need, AASRA (022-27546669), Roshni NGO (+914066202000), COOJ (+91-83222-52525), Sneha India Foundation (+91-44246-40050), and Vandrevala Foundation (+91-99996-66555) offer suicide prevention counseling and assistance around the clock.