The victim had been living in Kota for a year while attending NEET coaching classes and was set to take the NEET UG exam on May 7.
The police did not find a suicide note in the hostel room where the victim was staying. The postmortem has been conducted, and the investigation is ongoing.
The tragic incident highlights the increasing mental health concerns among students preparing for competitive exams.
Rashi Jain, aged 19, resided in a hostel situated in the Talwandi region of Kota. As per reports, she had not attended coaching classes for several days and was suffering from an illness.
Upon searching her room, the police discovered some medicines and scattered books. It is being speculated that the student was experiencing mental stress related to the upcoming examinations, which hampered her ability to study.
The tragic incident occurred at 3 pm on Tuesday i.e. April 21, and her postmortem was conducted on Wednesday i.e. April 22.
According to reports, other female students residing in the hostel claimed to have not seen Rashi since Tuesday morning, as she did not emerge from her room.
Sources state that Rashi was the youngest member of her family and her father is a farmer.
According to SI Jawahar Nagar, "The female student committed suicide on Tuesday afternoon by hanging herself with her chunri.
The motive behind her suicide is still unknown. The student was unwell and was staying in the hostel while preparing for her exams. Her illness likely hindered her ability to study effectively."
The rising number of suicides in Kota is a concerning trend. The pressure on students preparing for NEET and IIT has become so overwhelming that some find it easier to end their lives than to continue living.
This recent incident marks the seventh suicide case in Kota this year alone. In 2022, the number of student suicides in various hostels in Kota reached 17. When coaching classes resumed in 2021 after the Covid-19 pandemic, nine student suicides were reported.
These statistics reveal a 60% increase in suicide cases in Kota, with the primary cause being the stress of academic performance and competition for merit-based admissions.