If There Was Only Someone To Listen

#HearMeCrySchools and colleges are the temple of learning, or that’s what we were told every day. We all knew and were told to respect our teachers as they are our ‘gurus’ and the only channel via which we can possibly attain knowledge. Knowledge that would help us attain great success and intellectuality. But, who knew the same channel that was known and pursued for its knowledge, would finally fathom into a monstrosity that would just gulp the children down and how?

We all have been beaten up in school, on one occasion or several, when we didn’t complete our homework, or were creating some ruckus in the back bench of the classroom, they always caught us, and we were rewarded accordingly. However, what can be done when such gurus, channel their hidden heinousness on students, so as to inculcate ‘discipline’, or teach a kid some lesson.

When such bearers of knowledge molest, threaten, rape and disrespect, what are we learning from them? Instead of tips to score good marks, we might get some tips on how to bully.

Bullying in education sector, though not spoken of, is of great essence. I remember getting bullied by my own teachers, because they were having a bad day or in general, a bad life. What can we, as students, do when we are thrashed for apparent no mistake of ours, and especially by those who are in immediate power, in charge of how well we fare in school?

On August 10, a student named Sushant Rohilla, a 21 year old BA LLB student from Amity Law School, IP University, hanged himself to death. The reason?

The mental trauma he had to suffer from the hands of his own professors who debarred him, without as much as fickle in their mind, not thinking about how he might take the decision. Well, now they know, and we all know it too, he didn’t take it really well. After pleading with the authorities to not debar him as his education will take a toll, undeniably, and also, it will impact him mentally, they went forth with the decision.

It is quite an understandable stance, if they followed protocol and decided to fail him by a year, however, some action could have been taken when he voiced his grievances. Did his pleas fall on deaf ears?

The voice that was begging to be heard, to be aided and to be rescued, was ignored as easily as we ignore a fly in air.

Why do we not listen to someone’s hardships? When we promise the student with providing an environment that will uplift them and strengthen them, why are we not inculcated with the same? How hard was it for authorities to push the boy for counselling sessions and help him overcome his brief?

Let’s look around us, apart from teachers who are at times inflictors of such mental trauma, do we have a counsellor amidst the faculties of our education institutions? Many of us must have gone to the reputed colleges in Delhi University, did we see any sort of arrangement meant for students who are going through tough times and trauma?

Even in schools, how many hold a space that is essentially and totally focused on mental health of students? If private school are equipped with it, how many of state-run schools are? As per the guidelines of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), there has to be a mandatory provision for full-time student counsellors. And is there?

Mental trauma is here, and it hampers growth and thought process of a person. It cannot be ignored anymore. Hear the pleas people are voicing out with courage and hope, refuting them is a biggest crime, so is the blatant ignorance that always comes along.

It again raises the question, when will we take the issue of mental health seriously. What killed Sushant Rohilla? Was it the insensitivity he was exposed to? Was it the forced disciplinary acts of the authorities? Or was it the lack of help that he so urgently needed?

Yugansha Malhotra

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