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Odisha ranked 2nd in suicides among students


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1,400 ended lives in 2020

BHUBANESWAR: In a dubious distinction, Odisha has bagged the second rank in the country in terms of students’ suicide in 2020 with over 1,400 students ending their life during the year, says a report by the Odisha police.

The report comes in the backdrop of the recent suicide death of a Plus 3 First Year girl student of BJB Autonomous College here that sparked uproar in the State.

The report revealed that a total of 1,469 students died by suicide in Odisha in 2020. The figure surpassed a long record of suicides reported in the previous years.

“A total of 379 students had ended their lives in 2019, 501 in 2018, 361 in 2017 and 390 in 2016. A total of 3,100 suicides took place in five years i.e between 2020 and 2017. Of them, 1,848 were girls,” the report said.

The 19-year-old girl student of the BJB Autonomous College was found hanging in her hostel room last week. The police found a suicide note in the room in which she alleged that she was harassed mentally by three senior students of the college.

Student suicides that made headlines in Odisha during the last two years:

On June 1, 2022, Ravenshaw University’s ITM third year student S Amit Kumar ended his life by consuming poison in his hostel room, over a love affair.

On May 10, 2022, Abinash Pradhan, a Plus Two final year student of a private educational institution in Angul, hanged himself to death over matters related to studies.

On April 30, 2022, Rudraprakash Bhoi and Sonali Barik, both Plus 2 first year students of Brahmanjharilo Mahavidyalaya hanged themselves to death on the verandah of Sankhatras Shankhatras Government High School in Cuttack Sadar. They took the extreme step reportedly over love failure.

On April 22, 2022, Nishant Kumar, a fifth year MBBS student of Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir, reportedly jumped off a hostel building in the college. The youth, who hailed from Haryana, ended his life allegedly due to ragging by seniors.

On April 4, 2022, Suravi Panchpal, a second year student at National Law University (NLLU) in Cuttack, killed herself allegedly due to a dispute with her parents.

On October 6, 2021, Nirupama Nanda, a student at Bhimbhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir, was found hanging in her hostel room. Her parents had levelled murder allegation.

On October 6, 2021, a third year BTech student of an educational institute in Gunupur, Sritam Swain, died after consuming poison at a hotel at Badambadi in Cuttack.

On August 15, 2021, Keonjhar’s Hrishikesh Nayak, who was a laboratory technician student at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack Hospital, died after jumping into the Mahanadi river.

On August 3, 2021, Tusharkant Sahu, a student at Christ College in Cuttack, jumped into the Mahanadi river over alleged triangular love.

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