Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday expressed concern over instances of alleged suicides by students and said his heart goes out to the bereaved kin of the victims.
He said he was wondering where our institutions are going wrong, that students are forced to take their life.
Referring to the incident of the alleged suicide of an Ahmedabad boy, a Dalit student, recently in IIT Bombay, he said “such incidents, involving the victims from marginalised communities are becoming common”.
Addressing the convocation at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research in Hyderabad, the CJI said judges in India have a crucial role in making dialogue with the society inside and outside the courtrooms to push for social change.
“Only recently I read about the suicide of a Dalit student at IIT Bombay. It reminded me about the suicide of an Adivasi student in National Law University in Odisha last year.”
“My heart goes out to the family members of these students. But I also have been wondering where our institutions are going wrong, that the students are forced to give up their precious life,” the CJI said.
A native of Ahmedabad, Darshan Solanki, an 18-year-old, first-year student, of the Indian Insitute of Technology, Bombay, allegedly died by suicide on February 12.
“In these instances, incidents of suicides from marginalised communities are becoming common. These numbers are not just statistics. They are stories sometimes of centuries of struggle. I believe that if we wish to address this issue the first step is to acknowledge and recognise the problem,” Justice Chandrachud said.
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