Hyderabad: Expressing its displeasure over the failure of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to curb student suicides, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday directed the two states to submit a comprehensive report within six weeks.

The NHRC was responding to a complaint by a Supreme Court lawyer alleging that students were suffering from mental stress and ending their lives. In December last year, the NHRC had directed the chief secretaries of the two states to submit a report on student suicides in the Telugu states.

Angered by the lack of action taken so far by the two states, the NHRC has once again ordered them to submit a comprehensive report on student suicides within six weeks. It warned that they would have to appear before the NHRC if the report was not submitted by the deadline.

In 2019, around 426 students, including more than 380 students in Andhra Pradesh, died by suicide.

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