A large-scale protest and demonstration were held on February 20th, 2023, at the IIT Powai Division in response to the tragic suicide of Darshan Solanki, a bright and promising student studying at the prestigious IIT Institute. The Republican Party of India (Athwale), The Bhim Army, the Students Federation of India, and the Democratic Youth Federation of India all came together to demand answers about why a meritorious student had taken his own life.
On February 12, 2023, Darshan Solanki, an 18-year-old student, reportedly jumped from the seventh floor of Hostel No. 16 at IIT Bombay, leading to his death. The circumstances surrounding his death have raised questions about the pressure and challenges that students, particularly those from backward classes, face in our country.
During the demonstration, participants demanded that the management committee of IIT take responsibility for preventing such incidents from occurring in the future. They urged the committee to take care of the well-being of all students, particularly those from backward class of our society, to ensure that no injustice is done to them.
Women's Mandal, also joined the demonstration, emphasizing the importance of taking care of women and marginalized communities in the IIT system. The tragedy of Darshan Solanki's suicide has highlighted the need to address mental health issues and the impact of academic pressure on students in higher education.
The Republican Party of India (Athwale) released a statement on behalf of the participating organizations, expressing their grief and condolences for Darshan Solanki's family and friends. The statement called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading up to his death and urged the management committee of IIT to take immediate action to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. The protest and demonstration have sparked a debate about the larger issue of mental health and academic pressure in higher education institutions, particularly in India.
The tragic death of Darshan Solanki has brought attention to the need for greater support and resources for students facing such challenges, particularly those from marginalized communities. The IIT system has been recognized as one of India's most prestigious and competitive academic institutions, attracting students from diverse backgrounds. However, the incident involving Darshan Solanki has highlighted the need for a more supportive and inclusive environment, where all students can thrive, regardless of their background or socio-economic status.
As the investigation into the tragic death of Darshan Solanki continues, it is hoped that this incident will serve as a wake-up call for the need to address the pressing issues of mental health and academic pressure in higher education institutions in India. The call for change and action must be headed so that no more promising and talented students are lost to such tragedies in the future.