Rising toll: 23rd suicide alarms Kota coaching hub

On the unfortunate Tuesday night, a medical aspirant from Jharkhand preparing for the NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) allegedly hanged herself in her hostel room in the Vigyan Nagar area of Kota district.
The police informed that Richa Sinha, who was preparing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), was found hanging in her hostel room late on Tuesday.
The officer stated that Richa had been staying at a hostel at the Electronic Complex where she was preparing for the all-India medical entrance exam, adding that she hailed from Ranchi, Jharkhand.
However, no suicide note was recovered from her room, and the police are investigating the reason behind the suicide. The body has been sent to MBS Hospital for post-mortem.
This case is the 23rd case of suicide by a coaching institute student in Kota this year. Fifteen students preparing for competitive exams killed themselves in Kota last year.
Earlier, in August, Rajasthan Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas had voiced concern over rising suicide cases among students at coaching institutes in Kota, saying that the tutorials are run with the sole purpose of making money.
Khachariyawas termed the Kota coaching centres as ‘Mafia’, urging the Congress government to act strictly against them.
In a similar incident, a 16-year-old student, who was preparing for the NEET for admission to undergraduate medical courses, allegedly died by suicide at his coaching institute in Kota on August 27, police said.
The deceased, identified as Avishkar from Maharashtra, jumped to his death from the 6th floor of the building housing the coaching centre.
It was the 23rd such incident reported this year, according to sources.
Amid the rising suicide cases among students in Kota, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently put together a committee, which was tasked with looking into such cases and filing a report at the earliest.

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