Aishwarya Reddy, a student of Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, died by suicide as she could not afford education.

Photo of LSR student Aishwarya Reddy
news News Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 13:11

Minister and working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) KT Rama Rao on Saturday said that he would be visiting the family of Aishwarya Reddy, the student who died by suicide due to her poor financial condition that had become an obstacle in pursuing education further. Responding to journalist Barka Dutt’s tweet seeking the intervention of the minister to aid the family, KTR said, “I’ll personally meet with the family and ensure all support is provided.” 

Aishwarya was a BSc (Honours) in Mathematics student from Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College in New Delhi. The student with an impressive academic credit score died by suicide on November 2 at her residence in Shadnagar, Hyderabad. In her suicide note, Aishwarya had said that she had become a burden to the family, as they had to spend a lot towards her education. She said that only death was the “right choice”.

Aishwarya’s parents had pledged their gold and took a loan against their house for her studies. “I cannot live without studies. I have been pondering over this for a long time,” she had written. She concluded the letter by saying, “I am not a good daughter.”

According to her family, Aishwarya required a laptop, a device that has become essential during the pandemic, to take classes online. The family, which was already struggling to meet ends, could not afford it. Aishwarya’s father, Srinivas Reddy, is a mechanic while her mother, Sunitha Reddy is a tailor. 

Speaking to TNM, Srinivas Reddy had said, “Our financial condition is too bad. If the Minister comes, we will ask for some government job to sustain ourselves. We don’t need any money. I will be grateful if the government provides me with any job that I am qualified for.”

The death of the student yet again highlighted the deep digital divide brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. This has been depriving education to a large section of students coming from marginalised backgrounds. Students of the LSR have dubbed Aishwarya’s death as an “institutional murder” as the administration failed to address the concerns of the students coming from poor financial backgrounds.

If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide-prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.
 
Tamil Nadu
 
State health department's suicide helpline: 104
 
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)
 
Andhra Pradesh
 
Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930
 
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
 
Karnataka
 
Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222
 
Kerala
 
Maithri: 0484 2540530
 
Chaithram: 0484 2361161
 
Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.
 
Telangana
 
State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104
 
Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200
 
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm)
 
Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.
 
24x7 Helpline: 9820466726

Click here for working helplines across India.



 
 

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