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Rajasthan: 16-year-old IIT JEE aspirant missing for 9 days found dead in Chambal valley

The last location of the student, who was missing since February 11, was found in the security camera footage in the Guardia Mahadev Temple area. He left his hostel on the pretext of exams. The police had registered a complaint on the basis of the statement of the family members. After the complaint, different police teams conducted a search operation.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
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Rajasthan: 16-year-old IIT JEE aspirant missing for 9 days found dead in Chambal valley

Kota: In the serene but deceptive peace of Rajasthan’s Chambal Valley, a tragedy unfolded, the body of a 16-year-old IIT JEE aspirant has been recovered from the Chambal valley in Rajasthan following an intense week-long search, police said Monday. This marks the fifth such student death this year.

Rachit Sondhiya, 16-year-old student from Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh, who had ambitions of cracking the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) was studying at Kota, a coaching hub which draws students from all over India, was found dead after an eight-day search.

The last location of the student, who was missing since February 11, was found in the security camera footage in the Garadiya Mahadev Temple area. He left his hostel on the pretext of exams. The police had registered a complaint on the basis of the statement of the family members. After the complaint, different police teams conducted a search operation.

A search operation led by the State Disaster Response Force sniffer dogs and drones yielded no results until this evening when the teenager’s body was spotted in an isolated and inaccessible spot of the Chambal valley. The police suspect the student could have jumped from the hill into the valley below.

Earlier, his parents circulated his posters urging the public to help find their son.

The surge in student suicides triggered the Centre to issue guidelines aimed at alleviating the pressure on coaching students. Directives were issued to coaching institutes and district administrations to safeguard students from depression and stress.

Rachit’s story is a reminder of the intense stress placed on these young minds. Kota city, the hub of JEE and NEET preparation, has witnessed a period of despair, with four students this year alone succumbing to the pressure, much less than 29 last year. Still, each defeat is a poignant reminder of the cost of education in such a high-risk environment.

The loss of a young life is a grim reminder of the silent battles fought within the walls of coaching centres. This is a call to action for everyone involved in shaping young minds. Only through collective effort can we ensure that the path to academic excellence is one of happiness and not misery. Let us work towards a future where education is an upliftment of the next generation, not a burden.

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