11-year-old boy commits suicide after parents force him into IIT foundation course

What has become of this ‘competitive’ age, we are living in? An 11-year-old child thinks about giving up on his life. Why? Because his parents were pressurising him to study a course, he was not interested in. According to latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour one student in India commits suicide. There are no second thoughts that the parents wish the best for their child. However, sometimes they go a little overboard with it. Sometimes, wanting the best for their child, creates a pressure on them to be the best. It grows a fear in them, that they might disappoint their parents, which ultimately persuades them to take such extreme steps like committing suicide.

In the Karimnagar district of Telangana, an 11-year-old boy jumped off the second floor of his school building and committed suicide on Thursday morning after failing to cope with the parental pressure to study IIT foundation course.

A student of class 7 at Siddhartha High School in Karimnagar town, Gurram Srikar Reddy, son of G Shashidhar Reddy and Sharada Reddy of the neighbouring Peddapalli district, had no interest in studying engineering. However, with the intention of giving their son, the best possible education, Reddy, who is a farmer, said that he admitted his son into the IIFoundation course with the hope that his son would become a top engineer.

Sirkar took the extreme step of ending his life when he was at school on Thursday morning. “Srikar, along with his classmates, went to his classroom in the second floor of the building. But within no time, he came out into the corridor and suddenly jumped from the floor, resulting in grievous injuries. He was immediately rushed to a local corporate hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” Town inspector, Srinivasa Rao told Hindustan Times.

Shattered at his son’s death, Reddy said: “Srikar was not showing interest in studies and was mentally disturbed. But we never expected that he would commit suicide.”

At first, the parents blamed their son’s suicide on the negligence of the school management. But, they changed their statement while registering a complaint with the Police, stating that their son was mentally disturbed.

However, the student unions in the town, staged a ‘dharna’, demanding an action against the school administration, when the boy’s dead body was taken to the government hospital for post-mortem.

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