"If I can stop one Heart from Breaking,
I shall not live in Vain;
If I can Ease one Life the Aching;
I shall not live in Vain."
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A 21-year-old student of IIT Roorkee was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room on March 15. Abhijeet Singh Vansia’s death has led to the speculation that he may have committed suicide as part of the banned online game Blue Whale Challenge.
After questioning other students, police said that they have come to know that many students in the college are addicted to these deadly online games and that may have prompted Abhijit to take the extreme step.
According to Times of India, police did not find any suicide note and were scrambling for clues as Abhijit was described as a good student by his teachers and did not appear to be under stress. Abhijit did not have any financial or family issues either, the police added.
Inspector Sadhna Tyagi, who’s investigating the case said:
“One of the students has told us that many in the hostel were addicted to playing suicide games online. He also mentioned a game called ’30 ways of suicide.”
The Blue Whale game caught attention after a teenage boy from Mumbai, suspected to be one of the gamer, jumped off the building.
In the game, the participants are given a series of task to complete daily for a period of 50 days, which ends with their death.
According to Indian Express, The notorious online game has allegedly pushed three teenagers into committing suicide in India while two were rescued before they could take the extreme step.
The number of suicides across Russia and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan where the game is in rage is reported to be over 130
The same day that yet another student — at IIT Roorkee — committed suicide , the Rajya Sabha was informed on 14 March that nearly 26,500 students had committed suicide in India from 2014 to 2016.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir put forward this information responding to a written question by Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, M Kanimozhi.
The MP had asked if it was a fact that “on an average, at least one student is committing suicide every hour in the country”, if the government was aware of high suicide rates and what steps were being taken to prevent it.
In his answer, Ahir quoted data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data shows that suicides among students have been increasing every year. While 8,068 students had committed suicide in 2014, the number increased to 8,934 in 2015 and to 9,474 in 2016, the last year for which such data is available.
Maharashtra witnessed the highest number of suicides by students in all three years. In 2016, a total of 1,350 students ended their lives in Maharashtra. In the same year, West Bengal witnessed the second highest number of student suicides (1,147), followed by Tamil Nadu (981) and Madhya Pradesh (838).
In 2015, Maharashtra had 1,230 student suicides. Tamil Nadu followed with 955 students killing themselves, followed by Chhattisgarh with 730 student suicides and West Bengal with 676 suicides by students. In 2014, Maharashtra saw 1,191 student suicides.
Suicides among students are typically attributed to depression, academic pressure, family expectations, inability to cope with stress, social isolation and substance abuse. Institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are infamous for suicides by students.
Often, the social and structural problems leading students to feel hopeless are ignored — such as economic problems and caste-based discrimination.
In January 2016, the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad had galvanised the country’s attention to the institutional discrimination faced by students based on their caste in India’s higher education system.
In September 2017, a 17-year-old Dalit student named S Anitha, who was a medical aspirant and had done well in the Class 12 board exams of Tamil Nadu, killed herself after failing to secure admission through the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). Anitha was a petitioner in the Supreme Court against the implementation of the NEET for admissions to medical courses in Tamil Nadu.
In February 2018, a 14-year-old Dalit girl student of Class 9 committed suicide in Telangana. She left a suicide note saying she had not been allowed to write her exam. Why? Because her family had been unable to pay the fees.
Ignoring these aspects, Ahir said the government had “approved implementation of the District Mental Health Programme in selected districts of the country with added components of suicide prevention services, work place stress management, life skills training and counseling in schools and colleges.”
He added that since health was a ‘state subject’, states were empowered to implement their own programmes as well. Indeed, investment in mental health is indispensable for the well-being of people, and especially for young people who are being driven to suicide, and India spends a mere 0.06% of its already paltry health budget on mental health, lesser than even what Bangladesh spends (0.44%).
However, it does not all boil down to mental health, the factors leading to the suicidal mental state need to be understood and addressed as well.
A police official said that many students were fond of playing an online suicide game.
A 21-year-old student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee was found dead in his hostel room on Wednesday evening, The Indian Express reported on Thursday. Abhijeet Singh Bansiya was found hanging from a ceiling fan, the police said.
Roorkee’s Civil Lines police station house officer Sadhna Tyagi said that Bansiya could have been suffering from depression. “The students of the college said that he did not engage much with others,” she said.
The Times of India quoted Tyagi as saying that many students in the hostel were “addicted to an online suicide game”. “One of the students mentioned a game called 30 ways of suicide,” she said.
No suicide note has been found in the deceased’s room. The institute’s dean of students’ welfare, Professor Anand Joshi, reportedly declined to reply to queries from the The Times of India on the incident.
Bansiya’s family reached the hostel on Thursday to take his body to their home in Gujarat, The Indian Express said.
While no suicide note was found in the third year student's hostel room, Station House Officer of Roorkee's Civil Lines police station, Sadhna Tyagi, said that the preliminary enquiry suggests that Bansiya could have been grappling with depression.
Bansiya’s family reached the college on Thursday to take the body back to home in Gujarat. (Representational Image)By: Express News Service | Dehradun | Updated: March 15, 2018 9:33 pm
A 21-year-old engineering student committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a room at IIT-Roorkee’s boys hostel on Wednesday evening, police said.
The deceased student has been identifies as Abhijeet Singh Bansiya. While no suicide note was found in the third year student’s hostel room, Station House Officer of Roorkee’s Civil Lines police station– Sadhna Tyagi– said that the preliminary enquiry suggests that Bansiya could have been grappling with depression.
“The students of the college said that he (Bansiya) didn’t engage much with other students… he could have been under depression,” Tyagi said.
While the college authorities didn’t respond to calls from The Indian Express, Tyagi said, “Each year, atleast one or two cases of suicide are reported from IIT-Roorkee.”
Bansiya’s family reached the college on Thursday to take the body back to home in Gujarat.
DEHRADUN/ROORKEE: A 21-year-old student of IIT-Roorkee committed suicide in his hostel room by hanging himself from the ceiling fan on Wednesday.
Circle officer Roorkee, Swapn Kishore Singh, said, “The deceased has been identified as Abhijit Singh Bansiya, a third year BTech student from Surat, Gujarat. The family members have been informed about the incident and they are on the way to Roorkee.”
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He added that the reason behind the suicide is yet to be ascertained. “We will talk to the staff, students and family members to know what prompted the student to take the extreme step,” he said.
Dean (students welfare), Anand Joshi, said, “We cannot comment on the reason behind the death now, police are carrying out investigation.”
Abhijit’s friends said that he was seen last time around 2pm on Wednesday.