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Spring-fitted ceiling fans to check students’ suicides in India’s biggest coaching hub

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Kota (Rajasthan): Authorities in Kota—considered the biggest coaching hub in India—are planning to install spring and siren-fitted ceiling fans in the students’ hostels to check rising cases of suicides.

Kota, a town in Rajasthan, has been drawing every year thousands of students who want to seek career in engineering and other streams. The city has some 700 hostels.

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Alarmed at the growing number of suicides, the Kota Hostel Association has now planned to install such ceiling fans in the students’ hostels, replacing the old ones.

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A significant feature of the newly-designed fan is that it will come down once anyone over 20 kg tries to hang himself from the fan which will also raise an alarm.

The idea has been planned given the fact around 80 percent of suicides was related to hanging from ceiling fans.

“The association has decided to make it mandatory for every student hostel registered with the association to attach a secret spring equipment and siren sensor to the ceiling fans of the hostel rooms,” President of Kota Hostel Association Naveen Mittal was quoted as telling news agency PTI today.

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