India has some of the highest suicide rates in the world and in 2015 nearly 9,000 students took their own lives.
NEW DELHI (Nov 22, 2018): Four friends in northern India anxious over their job prospects jumped in front of a train on Thursday in an apparent suicide pact, police said.
Three died at the scene in Rajasthan while a fourth succumbed to his injuries in hospital, state police told AFP.
Eyewitnesses said the students, aged between 17 and 24, were anxious about jobs and upcoming exams before they hurled themselves in front on the moving carriages in Alwar.
“The probe will reveal the actual reason of the suicide. An eyewitness has said that the boys were worried about jobs,” a Rajasthan police official told AFP.
Voters go to the polls next month in Rajasthan, a desert state of nearly 70 million where joblessness is a burning issue..
In September, more than 23,000 jobseekers in Rajasthan applied for just five entry-level government jobs requiring menial office work.
PM Modi is likely to address at least 10 public meetings from November 25 to December 4 in poll-bound Rajasthan, a traditional stronghold of the BJP, reports PTI. The swing state will cast its vote on December 7.
The outcome would provide a reality check on what the electorate feel about BJP’s performance in the state–bookies in Rajasthan say the Congress is much ahead of the rival BJP which is ruling the state.
India boasts Asia’s third-largest economy but concerns about job growth, especially for its huge youth population, have been on the rise ahead of next year’s general election.
Suicide is also a major problem in the South Asian nation of 1.25 billion, especially among students.
India has some of the highest suicide rates in the world and in 2015 nearly 9,000 students took their own lives, official figures show.