Tragic Suicide of Rajasthan Student Sparks Community Outcry


On the night of 23rd August, in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, located in the Paota block of Kotputli-Bahrod district, a 16-year-old student named Sachin Kuldeep was found dead in his classroom. His body was found hanging from a fan in the classroom.
According to sources, Sachin Kuldeep was a student of class 10 and a resident of Hanutpura, Shahpura tehsil in the Paota block. On Tuesday night, he took his own life by hanging himself from a fan in his classroom.
Upon receiving the information, Additional Police Superintendent Vidya Prakash and Vrutt Officer Brjesh Kumar from the Viratnagar division arrived at the crime scene. An SFL (Scene of Crime, Fingerprint, and Latent Prints) team was also summoned from Jaipur. The team from SFL collected evidence from the scene. During this time, the family members of the deceased alleged harassment of the student by school teachers while refusing to allow the post-mortem examination of the body. The family claimed that such a significant step at such a young age must have a more profound reason.
Due to a lack of cooperation and dialogue from the police and administration, family members, villagers, and members of the Bhim Army marched to Pragpura Thana to protest and demand justice.
Expressing their anger, the aggrieved family members protested against the police administration, holding a demonstration within the premises of Pragpura Thana.
The family has not allowed the post-mortem of the body. They have demanded the arrest of two accused teachers, government jobs and compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the victim’s family, and a government job for one of the family members. They also demanded a thorough investigation once the PMR (Post-mortem Report) is received. In a show of solidarity, various social organizations, including women’s groups, also supported the demands of the family.
The family accused two teachers of harassing the student. However, the accused teachers have denied the allegations. They have refused to undergo a post-mortem examination of the body.
Local MLAs Indrajeet Gurjar, BJP President Kuldeep Dhanak, and activists of the Bhim Army also arrived at the scene, along with several other political leaders, gathered at the protest site and raised slogans against the police administration.
A committee of 13 members was formed to facilitate dialogue between the police administration and the protestors. However, the discussions remained inconclusive.
Regarding the incident, Navodaya School administration claimed that the student’s death was due to suicide. However, family members raised doubts about the school’s teachers and their treatment of the student.
After 50 hours of protest, an agreement was reached between the family and the administration, leading to the end of the sit-in demonstration. The main demands included adequate compensation for the victim’s family and a government job for one of the family members. The family also demanded strict action against the accused teachers.