Who do we really blame for Sushant Rohilla's suicide?

On August 10, Sushant Rohilla, a student from Amity Law School, Delhi committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Sarojini Nagar. A lot of indications point the blame towards the college authorities. Sushant, despite being a meritorious student, was held back from being promoted on the account of shortage of attendance.

Even though the college appears to have acted arbitrarily and may have been a huge factor in Sushant taking this drastic step, we as students, whether from Amity or outside, are somewhere a part of the problem that led to this unfortunate incident. For every time as students we’ve chosen not to take a stand against arbitrariness, we are to blame. For every time we’ve given into attendance being an incentive to work, we are to blame. For every time we’ve kept quiet, we are to blame. For every time we’ve chosen to continue working for the oppressors, we are to blame. For every time we’ve not stood up together, we are to blame.

It is our responsibility as the future of the nation that we don’t let lives go to waste, that we create an environment that helps young minds grow and not trample the life out of them. Even if a single entity is not to be blamed for what occurred, we as a society are creating an environment for our students that is increasingly leading them to take their own lives away, and this is a glaring problem.

Maybe if we had a system that took into consideration the circumstances due to which a student fell short of attendance, maybe if their pleas did not fall on deaf ears, maybe if they actually cared about the young minds of this country, maybe if they showed a little more sympathy towards our fellow students, just maybe we could have saved a lot of souls, including this bright one.

So, let’s not let what happened become a norm. A contemporary of ours had to give up his life because something was wrong with the system; let’s stand up to the system, for once in our lives.

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