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CJI's pain spilled over the suicide of a Dalit student in IIT Bombay, said - in which direction are we going?

CJI's pain spilled over the suicide of a Dalit student in IIT Bombay, said - in which direction are we going?

The Chief Justice of India Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud expressed his deep concern on Saturday over the incidents of alleged suicides by students and said his sympathies are with the bereaved families of the victims. He said that "I am wondering where our institutions are doing wrong that students are being forced to take their own lives".

Referring to the recent incident of the alleged suicide of a Dalit student at IIT Bombay, he said such incidents are becoming common in marginalized communities.

Addressing the convocation ceremony at "The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research" NALSAR, the CJI said that judges in India have an important role to play in interacting with society both inside and outside the court to bring about social change.

The CJI said, “Recently I read about the suicide of a Dalit student at IIT Bombay. It reminded me of the suicide of a tribal student at the National Law University in Odisha last year. I am also wondering where our institutions are going wrong that students are forced to give up their precious lives."

Darshan Solanki, a first-year student from Gujarat, allegedly committed suicide on February 12 at IIT Bombay. Chandrachud said, “Incidents of suicide are becoming common in marginalized communities. These numbers are not just statistics. I believe that if we want to address this issue, the first step is to acknowledge and identify the problem."

Justice Chandrachud said that he has been stressing on the mental health of lawyers and equally important is the mental health of students. He further added that the education curriculum should not only inculcate a sense of compassion among the students but academic leaders should also be sensitive to their concerns. CJI Chandrachud said, “I think the issue of discrimination is directly linked to the lack of empathy in educational institutions.”

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