News By/Courtesy: Neha Goyal | 08 Jan 2019 13:09pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NHRC has sent a notice to JNVs where 49 students were reported to have committed suicide between years 2013 and 2017.
  • The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that 49 students of the residential Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) committed suicide in campus over five years.
  • NHRC has sought information regarding the availability of appropriate number of counselors in the schools to whom adolescent students can go and talk about their feelings.

The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the union HRD ministry over the suicides taking place in the Jawahar Navodya Vidyalayas (JNVs). 49 students were reported to have committed suicide between years 2013 and 2017. NHRC in a statement Tuesday said, reportedly, "all, except seven, were suicides by hanging, and the bodies were discovered either by classmates or members of the school staff".

"The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that 49 students of the residential Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) committed suicide in campus over five years, from 2013 to 2017," the rights panel said. The Panel also informed that half of the deceased were Dalits and, a majority of them were boys.  The NHRC said that the JNVs are reported to be the central government’s pace-setting residential schools for the underprivileged but talented students from rural India. 

Worried about the whole situation, the Commission has sent written a letter to the secretary of the union ministry of HRD. It has sought information regarding the availability of appropriate number of counselors in the schools to whom adolescent students can go and talk about their feelings.  It has also asked if the committed staff is there to ensure that the students are not left alone in their rooms and emergency assistance through the telephonic conversation and hotline services in the cases of suicides.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 08 Jan 2019 13:13pm IST


Tags : #JNV #Suicide #Students #Notice #HRD #Ministry #NHRC

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