The suicide by a law student of Amity, Sushant Rohilla has caught the attention of the public in general and students in particular. The Varsity administration has been alleged to harass the student mentally by forbidding him from sitting the exams because of his low attendance, which was primarily because of the foot injury he had suffered some time ago.
Albeit, India has lost an eminent future lawyer, Sushant has left some very serious questions to contemplate upon. He has exposed the red tape in the education system that priorities rules over life and attendance over competence. There is no fault in rigorous execution of disciplinary laws in the institutes but when the execution becomes ruthless, it leads to an absolute harassment of the students.In the given case, Sushant had fallen short of his attendance only because of his injury and not because of any reckless reason. Getting injured is just like a natural calamity where no one can predict what’s going to happen next. But unfortunately, the well-educated teachers failed to understand the situation of the deceased student that ultimately led to this horrific event.Student Suicides have been on the rise this year,for diverse reasons in different regions like the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the suicides at Kota and now the Amity suicide case. It tells a dark truth about the pessimism which has engulfed our society,especially the students.I think there is a serious need of instituting a Psychiatric centre at every college or institute to provide help to the students undergoing mental strain.The psychiatrist should keep a close eye on the “disturbed students” and report to the teachers in case it notices something “very disturbing” going in the minds of such students. Then,the teachers can call on the student to resolve his problem so that any unfortunate act can be avoided.
Students should also understand there responsibility. Committing suicide was never a solution and will never be.I do agree that the law university boy was mentally tortured and harassed but was suicide the only solution? He could have voiced his grievance to the higher authorities or even the courts.On earth,there are many people who suffer mental strain but very few of them renounce their lives while the majority fights back. The students mulling such obnoxious acts should take a cue from our freedom fighters who stood against injustice and impartiality amidst all the harassment unleashed on them by the British Indian government. Students of India are the future of India. They need to be resilient,flexible and strong.