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Jan 19, 2010 at 08:43am IST

13 Mumbai students kill self in last 2 weeks

Mumbai: A spate of student suicides continue to rock Mumbai. A class 12 student killed himself on Monday making it the 13th such incident in the city in the past two weeks.

Reshim Kasbe was a 12th standard student of Ambedkar College. Kasbe hanged himself using his mother's dupatta on Monday evening. With no suicide note left behind, police are trying to find out what drove the 18-year-old to take such an extreme step.

"There is no suicide note. We don't know the reason yet," said Nehru Nagar police inspector Shivaji Erande.

Earlier in another incident 15-year-old Rajesh Yadav, a 9th standard student of St Joseph's school in Juhu, who had been suspended from school for a day for bunking classes returned home and hanged himself.

"We had called his parents to school and we suspended him in front of them. Then we sent him home with them," said Sister Beena CJ, Principal, St Joseph's School, Vile Parle.

Rajesh's suicide sparked a protest by grieving family and neighbours outside the school.

Counsellors say what could be pushing children to take such an extreme step is the copycat syndrome with student suicides being widely reported with minute details.

"When I see someone else committing suicide and the manner is described and if I feel his or her situation is the same as mine, I could try and imitate them," said psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty.

Psychiatrists are now trying to come up with a strategy to tackle this surge but the overall statistics are not encouraging.

India has the second highest suicide rate in the world and 40 per cent of the cases are in the adolescent age group.

Helplines, counselling centres and informative skits are being planned to help students deal with pressure and a study of the youth depression quotient is also underway.