Cases of students and youth committing suicide in India are growing day by day. According to the latest statistics sent to the ministry of home affairs by all Indian states and union territories, over 26,476 students have killed themselves for various reasons in the last three years.
According to 2015 data, the latest available from the National Crime Records Bureau, NCRB reveals that one student commits suicide every hour in India. Yet, very little has been done to curb this spreading malaise in Indian youth.
Another drastic incident rolled up two days back when a 14-year-old student allegedly committed suicide on Thursday evening at her home in Hyderabad’s Rachakonda after she was debarred from an exam for non-payment of the school fees.
The girl is identified as K. Sai Deepthi. She was studying in Class IX at Jyothi High school, was asked to leave the class during an exam due to non-payment of her fees. The police have recovered a suicide note near her body, the note said, “They didn’t allow me to write the exam. Sorry, Mom.”
As per the victim’s sister, ‘After returning from school my sister said that the school authorities pressurised and insulted her publicly. She was upset but fine. Later we went out and when we returned, we found her hanging. She wrote in her last note that school is not allowing her to take the exam.”
The victim’s family alleged that the girl was humiliated in front of everyone when school teachers called out her name and make her stand out of the class.
Sources have reported that Medchal-Malkajgiri District Education Officer (DEO), who had conducted the preliminary investigation, has submitted the report recommending cancellation of the school’s recognition to the commissioner of School Education Department by evening.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Malkajgiri, Uma Maheshwar said, “The girl was ‘disturbed’ as the school management pressurized her to pay fee dues of Rs. 2,000, police said. “Since her parents were unable to arrange the money, she ended her life.” A case has been registered under section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Deepthi’s father is an auto driver by profession. As the family was going through a financial crisis, Deepthi’s school fees were not paid on time.
Suicide cases among students and youth are becoming a major concern in India. A trailing series of reports regarding the suicide related to the failure in studies explains the dark side of our education system. Many times students have taken horrific steps against themselves as well as their teachers. The incident is really disturbing that a class 9 student was debarred from examination due to non-payment of fees; something that a class 9 student has no control over.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) enacted by the Parliament of India describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 in India under Article 21A of the Indian Constitution. But still, students are deprived of basic education for a lack of financial ability or not able to pay fees on time.
The Voice Raiser objurgates the act of Jyothi High School and considers it as abominable act.
We strongly appeal to Government to take strict action against such institutions.