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IIT aspirant hangs herself in Kota; second suicide in as many days - Hindustan Times

IIT aspirant hangs herself in Kota; second suicide in as many days
  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, KotaUpdated: Dec 05, 2015 13:36 IST
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A coaching student preparing for the IIT-JEE examination committed suicide in Kota on Friday, hanging herself at a relative’s house.

The girl, who has been identified as 17-year-old Satakshi Gupta, was from Bihar, though her father Kamlesh Kumar works in Ghaziabad. She had been living at her aunt’s house in Instrumentation Limited (IL) Colony. Her aunt had expired in August this year.

Rajesh Meshram, station house officer of Jawahar Nagar Police Station, said that the police received information of the incident, following which they rushed to the spot and recovered the dead body which was found hanging in the room.

“The student was living with her aunt in Kota from last 5-6 years for her studies and was preparing for IIT-JEE Examination”, Meshram said. He also said that no suicide note was found, but gave stress due to studies as a possible reason.
Satakshi’s death is the second suicide of a student in as many days to take place inKota. On Thursday, 19-year-old Varun Jeengar of Ludhiana had hanged himself in his paying guest accommodation in the Adarsh Nagar area of the City.

According to data released by National Crime Records Bureau, Kota has registered 100 suicide cases in 2014 and 45 of them were coaching students.

Since October, at least eight students have killed themselves in the city.

More than 1,00,000 teenagers head to coaching institutes in Kota every year with dreams of cracking the highly competitive entrance exams. The rigorous study schedule, high-pressure environment, competitive exams and stress of living pushes many students to commit suicide.

“Parents on average spend around `2.50 lakh to `3 lakh every year on coaching. When their children find themselves lagging, they feel guilty and can go into depression,” police officer Bhagwat Singh Hingad said.

The Kota district administration had issued guidelines for the coaching Institutes and hostels on November 4 in an attempt to avert suicide by students. The suggestions included carrying out student counselling, weekly breaks from classes, meditation, yoga and recreation activities.