Suicide amongst the Indian youth is increasing at an alarming rate. Pressure related to education, competitive exams and sky rocketing percentages are pushing many over the edge. Added to this is the shameful aspect of caste based discrimination of Dalit students at educational institutions. Not only has this kind of discrimination deterred many from the reserved class from attending college, but has also triggered a slew of suicides which is a blow to the modernisation that we as a nation are so proud of.
Over the past 4 years a staggering 18 students belonging to lower castes have been lost to suicide. The reason behind this appalling fact is that Dalit students committed suicide due to the torturous situations that they had to face at the hands of both teachers and fellow students. More alarming is the fact that these monstrous incidents took place at India’s pioneering educational facilities including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
In all the above cases, Dalit and other lower caste students were made the object of ridicule and shame by their mentors and peers. This is indicative of the gross ignorance that is rampant in even the most premier institutes of our country.
Depression is the leading cause of suicides amongst students in our country. And it is propelled by caste and religion based discrimination, as has been made evident by the number of Dalit students who have lost their lives to it. It is high time we realise as a nation that in the 21st century, divides on the basis of caste has a telling effect on our progress and development. Not to forget that these students are the future of our nation; it is something that requires immediate attention.