Mysuru: Amid the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, two guest lecturers – Kokila and Suresh – of a Government Degree College in Malavalli Taluk in Mandya district have ended their lives within a span of a month. It is understood that financial crisis and depression are the causes of the deaths.
While the 35-year old Kokila, a guest lecturer of the Commerce stream ended her life by hanging on May 11, Suresh, 29, died of self-immolation on June 4. According to the sources, they were downhearted for not been able to secure a government job. As the government had failed to release the salary for several months, they were facing financial problems.
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As per reports, Principal K.T. Venkatesh said, “Both lecturers were working in the college since three years. They were conducting online classes for students during lockdown. They might have ended their lives out of depression.”
Kokila’s sister has lodged a complaint at K.M. Doddi Police Station stating that Kokila committed suicide due to depression. Mandya Rural Police have registered a case of unnatural death in connection with Suresh’s suicide. Suresh, who dreamt of a government job, was under too under depression, according to his family members.
Sudhakar Hosalli, president of the state education welfare committee has urged the government to provide job security for all those who are working as guest lecturers. “Many guest lecturers are suffering from depression as they have no job security. The government should come in aid of guest lecturers,” Hosalli said.