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IIT aspirant commits suicide in Kota


In an unfortunate incident, a student who was preparing for IIT entrance committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Kota—the country’s coaching hub. The deceased—Sarthak Kumar—hails from Bihar’s Patna. Sarthak hanged himself to death at his rented accommodation in the Talwandi area and his landlord was the first who saw the body.

The police were immediately informed and it reached the spot and brought the body down. The police have also found a suicide note from the room in which Sarthak has pointed the pressure due to studies as the reason behind his decision. The police, however, have not disclosed the entire contents of the suicide letter.

The police have also informed the family of the deceased and the post-mortem will be carried out only after the family arrives in Kota.

NEET aspirant committed suicide on April 27

A 20-year-old NEET aspirant was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house in Santoshi Nagar of Mahaveer Nagar locality of Kota city on April 27.

The girl was a native of Kota and was living with family in Kota while preparing for NEET from a coaching institute of Kota city. A suicide note was recovered from the room of the girl in which she had sought an apology from the parents for not living up to their expectations and could not secure desired results in studies.

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The girl could not crack NEET last year and was again preparing for NEET in 2020. It was the fourth student suicide in Kota in 2020.

104 student suicides in 8 years

Notably, it is not the first time that a student has committed suicide in Kota due to the pressure of studies. Around 104 students have committed suicide in Kota between 2011 and 2019.

The large-scale suicides by both boys and girls in recent years are attributed to the failure of the students to cope up with the pressure of studies for competitive and entrance exams. Some students in the past ended their lives because they could not fulfill the aspirations of their parents. Scolding by parents and teachers is also one of the reasons behind student suicides.

19 suicides in 2018

As many as 19 students have committed suicide in India’s coaching capital, Kota, in 2018. The count is up significantly from 7 in 2017 and 17 in 2016. The rising toll has raised question marks on the entire process of coaching, admission and preparation for competitive exams at these coaching centres.


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