A dialogue from Aamir Khan’s 2007 Taare Zameen Par movie rightly explains the kind of pressure children go through these days. The dialogue, ‘Apne ambitions ka wajan apne bachcho ke nazuk kandhon pe daalna … it’s worse than child labour’ points out how dangerous it can be if parents and teachers put the burden of their expectations on children. An example of this came forward yet again when a Kolkata teenager committed suicide. Samprit Banerjee, a class XI student, took an extreme on Thursday.
Samprit posted a goodbye message on Facebook on Wednesday and then the next morning on Thursday, the teenager was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Paschim Putiary residence. Though no suicide note was found, Samprit is suspected to have taken his own life as he was upset over being snubbed by one of his teachers for his poor performance in his half-yearly examination.
Samprit’s parents and classmates accused his accountancy teacher of humiliating him very often in front of the class. Samprit’s mother, Aparna claims that, the accountancy teacher use to hit and make Samprit stand holding his ears in class. Samprit was so intimidated by the teacher’s punishment that he had stopped going to school on Wednesdays and Fridays as he had his accountancy class on these days.