Failure in exams, love affairs behind Kota suicides

July 22, 2015 12:00 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:34 pm IST - Kota:

Failure in clearing competitive examinations and in love affairs, and family problems were the main reasons of behind suicides committed by the students in this education hub, which has witnessed a 61 per cent rise in such cases.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, in 2014, Kota has witnessed rise in suicide cases by 61.3 per cent, which include mostly students.

The data of 2013 shows 62 suicide deaths were registered.

NCRB has classified 18 reasons for suicide but main among them were failure in exams, failure in love affair and family problems.

According to the report, out of 100 suicide deaths in 2014 in Kota, 45 were by students who took extreme step after failing in exams, 26 due to failure in love affair and 24 due to family problems, while no reasons could be ascertained in five cases.

Out of 100 suicides, 73 were committed by men and 27 by women. The number of suicide cases in Kota was higher than other cities of Rajasthan like Jodhpur and Jaipur, which were also part of the annual analysis of crime data.

Jodhpur and Jaipur have recorded 12 and 2 suicide cases of students, respectively, due to failure in examination and in love affair.

Out of the 84 suicide deaths registered in Rajasthan due to failure in examination during 2014, Kota witnessed 45.

In case of suicide due to failure in love, Kota recorded highest number in Rajasthan whereas Jaipur and Jodhpur had 7 and 4 cases, respectively.

The figure of suicide deaths due to failure in love affair has also raised concerns among parents who send their children to Kota for a better career.

Stress, depression

Vinod Kumar Sharma, a senior faculty in chemistry at Allen Institute said the students were being constantly motivated to avoid stress and feel depressed due to studies. Parents’ expectations and studies were one of the major factors behind suicide deaths.

Expressing their concerns over rising number of suicide cases among coaching students, parents have demanded that NGOs should come forward to help students de-stress themselves.

NGO should provide counselling to coaching students through professional counsellors, they said.

In Jaipur, 35 people committed suicide due to family problem while 21 people in Jodhpur took the extreme step due to suffering of some disease. Notably, 380 people in Jaipur and 117 people in Jodhpur committed suicide last year.

According to NCRB report, 4,459 people -- 3235 men and 1224 women -- committed suicide in Rajasthan in 2014. - PTI

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