The Hush Post: From being an IIT hub, Kota has now come under scanner for being a place where suicide, other kinds of self-harm, depression, drug abuse, abnormal sexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, loneliness, weight loss and anxiety are some of the common problems among students.
A report recently brought out, advises parents to conduct an initial recce of Kota. It may not be the best place for all the children. In four years between 2013 and 2017, 58 students committed suicide. All of these students are the ones who had come here to study at various coaching centres.
Before this period between 2011 and 2014, with one overlapping year between 2013 and 2014, as many as 88 students committed suicide.
Every year, about 2 lakh students come here for coaching to gain entry to various engineering and medical colleges. The parents should know what do their wards do, whom do they interact with, what do they eat, when do they sleep, who have they befriended, the kind of academic pressures they face among other things.
The researchers, the dean of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, School of human ecology, Sujata Sriram, assistant professor Chetna Duggal, counselor Nikhar Ranawat and counseling psychologist Rajshree Faria researched into all the facts which have created this situation and the circumstances leading to such high suicide rates.
Nervousness, worry, being frightened, being continuously upset, sadness were some of the attributes respondents said they felt almost 24 hours a day. Another 42 per cent said their friends were nervous and worried all day long.
Another important thing which came out in a survey is the hopelessness and worthlessness felt by 28 per cent students who came to Kota for coaching. Among girl students irregular menstrual behavious was commonly reported.