Jaipur: Stung by the rising number of suicides in education hub Kota, around 40 coaching institutes have launched a 24X7 helpline to provide free counselling to the distressed students.
The noble idea has been initiated by Competitive Educational Youth Society.
Around 1.5 lakh students enroll every year in numerous institutes in Kota to undergo coaching for engineering and medical entrance exams.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, in 2014, Kota has witnessed rise in suicide cases by 61.3 percent, which include mostly students.
NCRB has classified 18 reasons for suicide but main among them were failure in exams, failure in love affair and family problems.
According to the report, out of 100 suicide deaths in 2014 in Kota, 45 were by students who took extreme step after failing in exams, 26 due to failure in love affair and 24 due to family problems, while no reasons could be ascertained in five cases.
Out of 100 suicides, 73 were committed by men and 27 by women.
According to NCRB report, 4,459 people -- 3235 men and 1224 women -- committed suicide in Rajasthan in 2014.
Reasons could not be ascertained in 551 suicide cases while actual reason could not be found out in 2286 cases.