A few days after a student from Telangana's Karimnagar district committed suicide as he could not afford his school fees, an intermediate student jumped off the second floor of his hostel, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The incident occured at the Narayana Junior College in Bongulur village in Adibatla area when S Pavan Kumar attempted suicide on Saturday afternoon after he was allegedly under pressure from the hostel authorities for his pending fees.
The boy broke both his legs and is currently undergoing treatment.
According to reports, Kumar is a native of Hasanparthy mandal in Warangal district, where his father Ramchandra Naik, is a driver.
The incident triggered protests from various student organisations who demanded strict action against the authorities.
"They were pressuring him to perform better and threatened to demote him to a lower section if he did not improve. We have already paid `60,000 of the `80,000 fees," said Kumarâ€™s father told Deccan Chronicle.
College authorities, however, have since denied putting any pressure on students to pay their fees.
Last week, Edula Santosh Reddy, a resident of Abbapur in Karimnagarâ€™s Dharmaram mandal, the son of a small farmer, ended his life by jumping in front of a train after he was beaten by his teacher for failing to pay the school fees.
This has highlighted the lengths of harassment by private schools in the two Telugu speaking states and a lack of government guidelines in cases where a student faces problems in paying fees.
Private schools also put a lot of pressure on the students, leading to mental trauma and in some cases, suicide.