It is so unfortunate that suicides by school and college students across India have been rising tremendously. In fact, every time after the results are announced, we get to hear suicide news of a student who either failed or was unhappy with the results due to fewer marks. Students do need to get excellent marks as it is important to get into the best colleges and make a great career, but not at the cost of their lives. The pressure on students to get excellent marks in all subjects is at times, leading them to a wrong path. In a recent incident, a 13-year-old, studying in 8th standard committed suicide in Odhav- Ahmadabad, on Saturday afternoon by hanging himself from the ceiling fan. Investigations revealed that he was unhappy with his midterm results declared on the same day.
Dhaval was the son of Meena and Lalit Parmar, an electrician by profession, residents of Raghuveer Apartment in Odhav. Dhaval studied at Saurabh School along with his elder brother Ravi, 17. On Saturday, while Ravi went to school, Dhaval stayed home. Dhaval requested his father to collect the result from school as he was yet to take a bath.
Dhaval even prepared tea for his father before sending him off to the school. Lalit went to school and was happy when he found Dhaval had scored B grade. Dhaval usually scored C grade. Lalit came home to inform his son about the result. Dhaval expressed joy when told he had fared better. Dhaval’s friends came over and congratulated him. Later, Lalit went to his work and Dhaval’s friends also left. His mother Meena had already left to take part in the Garib Kalyan Mela on Sabarmati Riverfront. Ravi returned home and discovered his younger brother hanging from the ceiling fan.
The father was informed about the incident and Dhaval was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared brought dead. According to the sources, Lalit said that Dhaval had studied hard and aspired to get an A grade. This could be the reason why he took the extreme step, he added.
His neighbors said that Dhaval was an obedient and well-mannered boy. Commenting on increasing instances of students ending lives, head of the psychiatry department at Civil Hospital Dr. Minakshi Parekh said, “Adolescence is a very turbulent phase of development and teenagers go through a mode of identity versus role confusion due to all the bodily and mental changes. Teachers and parents have a major role to play during this period and teens need their constant support to get through all the complications.”
Dr. Keyur Panchal, the psychiatrist at a leading private hospital, said, “It would be inappropriate to assume the cause without understanding his history well. However, it is possible that Dhaval could have been in a low-grade depression for a long time but it did not become apparent. The result could have just been a trigger to all the stress that had been building up in his mind.” Odhav Police Inspector SL Desai said that a case of accidental death has been filed.