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Friday, June 10, 2016

Suicides: NCPCR summons Kota collector tomorrow - India Today


June 8, 2016 | UPDATED 22:45 IST

New Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) 

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has summoned Kota District Collector tomorrow regarding a spate of suicide cases involving IIT-aspirants studying in various coaching centres in the town. The commission is probing 44 suicide cases in the coaching hub during past three years. This is the second summons in two months for the District Collector Ravi Kumar Surpur, a senior NCPCR official said today.

"We are not getting any co-operation from the local administration. We have sought information from them on 33 points. We want to know how many teaching and non-teaching staff are there across coaching centres.

"We have also demanded that the police verification of the staff be carried out. We want to know how many authorised and un-authorised hostels there are in Kota for students. 

This time we want the district collector to give us the date on an affidavit by when he will share all the information with us," the official said. The Commission, which has been probing the matter since December last, visited Kota in April to carry out an inspection.


"We saw that these (coaching) centres were in a terrible condition. There were 250 students packed in one classroom, there is no grievance redressal system for students and even though there is a helpline number available the same has not been displayed at these centres. We also noticed that at one of the centres there were only four counsellors for 77,000 students," the official said. 

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