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HRC issues notice to govt on student suicides


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HRC issues notice to govt on student suicides

2017-09-14 00:24:50

HRC issues notice to govt on student suicides

The News Bureau

On August 9, Seventeen-year-old Shravya, an an Intermediate student at Narayana Junior College in Bandlaguda, allegedly committed suicide even as her father set out to go home after dropping her at the college after a week-long vacation.In the last week of June, angry at being denied homesick holidays, students of Narayana Junior College in Nizampet locked up the building, pelted stones and broke windows on three floors, be HRC issues notice to govt on student suicides ides ransacking the offices, and damaging furniture in classrooms.

In a midnight outburst of rage, the students overturned beds, broke switchboards, threw the water tank from the roof, smashed tube lights, and even tried to unsuccessfully set some material on fire.Police were called in, who negotiated with the students at 3 am, before opening the lock, and informing the children that holidays had been declared.

This incident had come soon after students of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Bachupally also went on a similar rampage, damaging an RTC bus by hurling stones at it, after the college principal did not let them go for a walk, a day before their final exams.Following Shravya’s suicide, Hyderabad-based activist, Achyuta Rao, has moved the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to take note of the rising number of student suicides in Telangana.

"These kinds of incidentts are mainly observed in Intermediate students in the two Telugu states, and have been on the rise, unchecked for many years," says Achyuta Rao of the Balala Hakkula Sangham (BHS).He points out that junior colleges admit students who are either 16 or 17 years old, which is a vital point in their life. It is a very crucial age, where the teenagers are trying to understand society. It is the age where they are extra curious to try out new things, and get exposure to a world that is different from what they learn in school.

These junior colleges put the students in a jail-like atmosphere in the garb of education. Every second of the student's day is controlled. They are told when to wake up, how long to take for each activity, and this goes on from 5 am in the morning till 10pm or 11pm, he said. Besides, the teachers are not qualified to handle them and the unqualified wardens and supervisors are extremely strict. They do not even let the students step out in the corridor in between classes, and shoo them back into the classroom like animals, he adds.

However, he says that parents are also to blame. In the case of parents, they quantify this with money. They often tell the children that they are paying a lot of fees, so that the child can study and get better marks. Such parental pressure also stresses the children out to a great extent, he said."If we do not change our approach to educating these children, there is much more violence in store. The students are reacting this way purely because the amount of mental stress we put on them has a tipping point," Achyuta Rao said.

He points out that students do not get respite even after studying for nine hours a day, as they are faced with homework, and have no time to play.Following Achyuta Rao’s complaint, SHRC has issued a notice to Principal Secretary of Education Department. A notice was also issued to the Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, as Sharvya's suicide occurred under his jurisdiction.

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HRC issues notice to govt on student suicides

2017-09-14 00:24:50

The News Bureau

On August 9, Seventeen-year-old Shravya, an an Intermediate student at Narayana Junior College in Bandlaguda, allegedly committed suicide even as her father set out to go home after dropping her at the college after a week-long vacation.In the last week of June, angry at being denied homesick holidays, students of Narayana Junior College in Nizampet locked up the building, pelted stones and broke windows on three floors, be ides ransacking the offices, and damaging furniture in classrooms.

In a midnight outburst of rage, the students overturned beds, broke switchboards, threw the water tank from the roof, smashed tube lights, and even tried to unsuccessfully set some material on fire.Police were called in, who negotiated with the students at 3 am, before opening the lock, and informing the children that holidays had been declared.

This incident had come soon after students of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Bachupally also went on a similar rampage, damaging an RTC bus by hurling stones at it, after the college principal did not let them go for a walk, a day before their final exams.Following Shravya’s suicide, Hyderabad-based activist, Achyuta Rao, has moved the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to take note of the rising number of student suicides in Telangana.

"These kinds of incidentts are mainly observed in Intermediate students in the two Telugu states, and have been on the rise, unchecked for many years," says Achyuta Rao of the Balala Hakkula Sangham (BHS).He points out that junior colleges admit students who are either 16 or 17 years old, which is a vital point in their life. It is a very crucial age, where the teenagers are trying to understand society. It is the age where they are extra curious to try out new things, and get exposure to a world that is different from what they learn in school.

These junior colleges put the students in a jail-like atmosphere in the garb of education. Every second of the student's day is controlled. They are told when to wake up, how long to take for each activity, and this goes on from 5 am in the morning till 10pm or 11pm, he said. Besides, the teachers are not qualified to handle them and the unqualified wardens and supervisors are extremely strict. They do not even let the students step out in the corridor in between classes, and shoo them back into the classroom like animals, he adds.

However, he says that parents are also to blame. In the case of parents, they quantify this with money. They often tell the children that they are paying a lot of fees, so that the child can study and get better marks. Such parental pressure also stresses the children out to a great extent, he said."If we do not change our approach to educating these children, there is much more violence in store. The students are reacting this way purely because the amount of mental stress we put on them has a tipping point," Achyuta Rao said.

He points out that students do not get respite even after studying for nine hours a day, as they are faced with homework, and have no time to play.Following Achyuta Rao’s complaint, SHRC has issued a notice to Principal Secretary of Education Department. A notice was also issued to the Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, as Sharvya's suicide occurred under his jurisdiction.