A 17-year-old girl, who was preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), has hanged herself in Rajasthan's Kota, police said on Monday. It was the 18th suicide by the student in the coaching hub so far this year. Kota Police said that the girl, who is a resident of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her hostel room in Adarsh Nagar of Kunhadi area on Sunday evening. Assistant sub-inspector Nek Mohammad said the girl was residing in Kota from around 6 months and was taking classes for NEET from an institute in the city.
A suicide note has been recovered from the student in which she has urged the hostel warden to reveal her illness as the cause of her death. The autopsy of the girl was done on Monday after her parents arrived in the city, who were handed over her body. The girl was the second student to commit suicide in Kota in the last couple of days and the eighteenth to kill herself so far this year.
Recently, a class 12th boy had committed suicide inside his coaching institute. 58 students attending coaching classes in Kota committed suicide between 2013 and 2017, as per the data by the district administration. Psychiatrists and a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) say study stress, parental pressure, depression, homesickness, love affairs, liquor or drug abuse and emotional issues are the main reasons behind the suicides. Every year around 1.5 lakh students from all over the country flock to Kota for various medical and engineering courses.