JNU: Suicide or Institutional Murder?2 min read

JNU: Suicide or Institutional Murder?2 min read


JNU is in news again, for the not so good reasons again!

A JNU student J. Muthukrishnan allegedly hanged himself at his South Korean friend’s house in Munirka using a blanket on March 13.

The Dalit research scholar’s body was taken for post-mortem to the AIIMS yesterday and the premier hospital had constituted a five-member board to conduct the autopsy and issued direction for videography of the procedure.

The exact conditions that led to his death must be investigated, but prima facie, it appears to be a case of death by hanging — ‘suicide’ or ‘institutional murder’, depending on who you ask.

Muthukrishnan left no suicide note, but here are his very last words, expressed at the end of a long Facebook post, written two days before he met his end: “When equality is denied everything is denied. There is no Equality in M.phil/phd Admission, there is no equality in Viva – voice, there is only denial of equality, denying prof. Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, denying Students protest places in Ad – block, denying the education of the Marginals.”

The question here arises that is it really the suicide or the peer pressure that is being imposed on students whether of JNU or any other institute of various levels. Multiple suicide cases are reported every year and are neglected considering the as coward behavior by the students, however sometimes it’s the institute that makes it impossible for the students to carry forward.

This case is also the reflection of the pressure that is being imposed on students via various ways which includes undue demands and impossible targets.

The student’s father had said that his son cannot commit suicide and had demanded a CBI probe.

“My son cannot commit suicide. He was very strong and confident. We want a CBI probe to be conducted and actual reason behind his death be revealed,” said Jeevanandam, Krishnan’s father.

The result of the case is still is a question to be answered, but more questions are required to be raised before many such voices become silent. It has been a fact that he was not a part of any political practice either. Then why did he take such a step?

It is very saddening to witness so many suicides but one can only ask the administration to fill the loop holes which are making people take such callous steps towards themselves.

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