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NLS students hold post-suicide vigil for more empathy, less apathy on mental health from administration

Photos of protest placards yesterday (via Facebook, photo credit Ujal Kumar Mookherjee)
Photos of protest placards yesterday (via Facebook, photo credit Ujal Kumar Mookherjee)

NLSIU Bangalore students gathered for a show of solidarity yesterday to encourage the administration to improve mental health infrastructure and awareness on campus, following the purported second student suicide in just over two years, as well as a Student Bar Association (SBA) campaign to investigate underlying causes.

An SBA representative commented: “The peaceful protest was done after a resolution passed with majority at general body meeting of the SBA to show solidarity to the concerns of students and suggested reforms. We are in constructive dialogues with the administration and faculty, and hope the deliberations on suggested reforms help us come with a fruitful outcome soon.”

The rep added: “It was a one day show of solidarity to our collective concerns - bipartite sub committees have been formed with faculty members and students to deliberate on the suggested reforms, and our future course of action will depend on the progress and outcome of these committee reports.”

It is understood that the priority concerns are to ensure there is adequate health infrastructure and sensitivity to mental health issues on campus.

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