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NHRC seeks report on student suicides in Navodaya Vidyalayas

The National Human Rights Commission office at Faridkot House in New Delhi.

The National Human Rights Commission office at Faridkot House in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

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Half of them were Dalit and tribal students, and a majority of them were boys, it said.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday served notice on the Ministry for Human Resource Development on the reported suicides of 49 students of the residential Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) over five years.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that 49 students had committed suicide on JNV campuses from 2013 to 2017, the NHRC asked the Secretary of the Ministry for a report in six weeks. It asked whether trained counsellors were available for students, whether there was dedicated staff to ensure students were not left alone and whether there was emergency assistance, including hotline.

According to the report, half of the 49 students belonged to Dalit or tribal communities, and the majority were boys.

“Reportedly, all, except seven, were suicides by hanging, and the bodies were found either by classmates or the school staff. The JNVs are reported to be the Central government’s pace-setting schools for talented children from rural India,” the NHRC said.Staff Reporter

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