Suicide: Who to bell the cat?
It is estimated that 30 people, every day, commit suicide, indicating the death of a person at every hour. Pointing at the figure, anyone can raise voice against the culture in which we are flourishing, the economic condition growing at 7.85% and the duties performed by the parents, teachers and others.
Prevalent to a greater extent among women, it has been raising the level of impediments in the way of women empowerment and education. Experts, who have been working on this issue, have been claiming many factors to be the reason of suicide, of which anxiety, depressive disorder, alcohol, hostility, heredity, fear related to career etc. are noteworthy. Hanging is the most used method of committing suicide. Just think about a situation when your parent's 15-25 years' investment, love and affection is destroyed due to an so called impulsive decision.
A deeper analysis depicts failure ranging from career to romance as the reason of such problem. Among the teenager, failure in examination in SSC and HSC is believed to be the reason of suicide although an adverse impact of technology is also a cause. Physical harassment and psychological issues are the major reasons of suicide attempt by women.
Unfortunate but true, the rate of suicide attempt has been rising alarmingly indicating the failure of offering a society with values. It is a common belief that parents offer the first lesson of core values constituting the soul of a person. Unless it happens completely, an unfinished mind evolves. Sometimes it gets obstructed in school, sometimes in university, sometimes in romance and sometimes in competitive place.
Many of the young people attempting are found to be failed in managing a job. Ridiculous but true, after completing 16 years of education, he or she still remains as a burden and find peace in a brutal idea. We cannot condemn only our educational institution failing to provide quality lesson as it appears that many students are addicted to technology as well as drugs and lethargically wasting their invaluable time of attaining knowledge. Furthermore, practical knowledge to accept the challenge is required to eradicate the excessive propensity of seeking job. The ultimate aim of education is to enlighten us, not to develop us as employees. Experts say, we have been experiencing the demographic dividend period now. This period necessitates receiving the best from the youth. How can we expect it unless we can convert our young generation into skilled one in terms of technology and entrepreneurial skills?
On the other hand, demographic dividend period that nations usually get once in its life span is running. Unless these depressed minds are cultivated to ignite the hope and enthusiasm, this period will go in vain. Moreover, only making modern facilities available shall not be enough to active the youth, rather pragmatic steps to foster the growth of their mind, soul and thinking should be introduced, which is really scarce in a country like Bangladesh. Once you have internet connection, it's your choice whether you shall brows YouTube to watch funny videos or to learn something unknown. Globalization has opened the door of learning though the fact that it has brought forth many hindrances is true. So, to survive in such as competitive village, sustaining knowledge and continuous thrust are highly indispensable.
One of the major reasons of job seeking people's suicide is minuteness of employment opportunity. Having finished the education of 16 years, they find that they have been prepared for doing a job (in most of the instances) while the bitter fact becomes apparent. So experts raise question over the quality of education. It is generally believed that education shall enlighten us, but unfortunately, in a growing economy like Bangladesh, "who will bell the cat?" remains unsolved. Is this not the high time to implant the idea of entrepreneurship? How long we will read the suicide news on newspaper.
As we say newspaper is the mirror of a nation, the citizen wants to see the reflection of beauty of the nature, the news of success, the blossomed minds, the success in international arena. It is true that we can't eradicate the obstacle in no time, but the sooner we will initiate our steps against it, the faster we will get rid of this impediment. As a citizen of the people's republic of Bangladesh, I desire moments when I will find newspaper providing us the news of success.
A S M Tarek Rafi is a freelance contributor