If we look at the figures of the National Crime Records Bureau, a heart-wrenching picture emerges. In the year 2020, 12,526 students died by suicide.
In the year 2021, this number increased to 13,089.
If it is assumed that the conditions arising out of the corona epidemic were also an important factor in these deaths, still the process of such deaths is increasing dangerously.
Between the years 2017 and 2019, the share of student suicides in the total number of suicide deaths in our country was between 7.40 to 7.60 percent.
It increased to 8.20 in the year 2020 and eight percent in 2021.
Although the bureau’s report does not mention the specific reasons behind such deaths, it has been stated that out of 10,732 such deaths of adolescents and children below the age of 18 years and the reason for 864 was failure in the examination.
Family problems have been cited as the biggest reason.
There has been an increase of more than 32 percent in the suicide deaths of students since 2017.
These figures are indicating that there are huge shortcomings in our family, social and educational system and there is lack of proper effort to remove them.
A very large number of children apply for a limited number of prestigious educational institutions.
With increasing competition, family and social pressure on children also increases, which is immoral and unjust.
Often, without properly assessing the child’s potential, their parents put them in the maze of examinations.
In our society or in the education system, no effort is made to prepare children mentally and psychologically for adverse situations.
Sports and healthy recreation are ignored.
Everything has become limited to scoring more marks and succeeding in competitive exams.
Children are suffocating in dark rooms. The system of psychological counselors is non-existent. Parents and teachers are not able to see that children are under stress, anxiety or depression.
Along with the government and the society, the parents and teachers will also have to take responsibility to save the children.