Sad that student chose death over life: Prakash Jha

Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha, known for his politically charged movies, on Wednesday said it was sad that a Dalit student chose death over life.

“… a student felt death is better than life. What kind of a situation he was in that drove him to commit suicide… it is pathetic,” Jha told the media when asked about his views on the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.

In the city to promote “Jai Gangajal”, Jha said he had put together a research team which found that there was one suicide every 10-15 days in Kota in Rajasthan, known as the hub for tutorials and coaching classes.

“I am worried about it. Why have we stopped studying humanities? Every student either wants to become a manager or an engineer,” he lamented.

Asked whether he would be making a film based on his research, Jha said: “I am not sure, it may take a few years.”

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