Four students commit suicide in Rajkot

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Rajkot, Feb 2 (UNI) Unable to cope with the pressure of studies, four students, including an MBA student, allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in the city during last fortnight.

A 24-year-old student Dharmesh Dabhi, who was pursing MBA at Saurashtra University, ended his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence here on Thursday. The motive behind the drastic step was unclear. It is suspected that he might have taken the step fearing poor result, police said today.

In another incident that occurred on January 29, Ayushi Joshi, a standard tenth student, committed suicide as she failed to secure the desired marks in prelimiary exam.

On January 21, a 16-year-old girl, Neha Jayantibhai, a standard eighth student, allegedly hanged herself at her residence here because she failed in the third quarterly exam and disappointed she ended her life.

In the last incident that occurred on January 18, a teenaged, girl, Nidhi Karia at Om Vidyalaya here fed up of homework and negative remarks of her teachers, allegedly committed suicide by hanging hereself from the ceiling at Gayatrinagar area, said the police forces.

When asked about these incidents, renowned psychiatrist Dr Vijay Nagecha said the parents' high expections from their children and growing competition created tremendous pressure on students.

The present educational system is responsible for the tragedy, he said, adding, parents are also to be blamed because their expectations from their wards are higher because they spend lot of money on their children's study.

Meanwhile, District Education Officer K D Bagda have instructed teachers of the concerned schools not to put undue pressure on students and at the same time, suggested counselling both, for the children as well as their parents.

District Eduction Office have started 14 councelling centres to help reduce the pressure on children.

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