HRD Minister in a written reply to questions raised in the parliament has shared the data on the number of suicides at the 23 Indian Institutes of the country. In a shocking revelation, as many as 50 student suicides at the 23 IITs have been notified over the past 5 years. Of these, IIT Guwahati has recorded the highest number of suicides with 14.
The issue was brought into limelight after the 19-year-old humanities student who allegedly hanged herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room in the campus. While such few stories come to light and make headlines, several others are buried in case files.
To curb the growing number of suicides, the government now wants all institutions to have wellness centres.
In India, a person commits suicide every 40 seconds. And India has the highest student suicide rate with nearly 38,000 students committing suicide since 2015.
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