The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” gained massive popularity even before it aired on March 31, 2017.
It is an American teen mystery drama based on a 2007 novel of the same name written by Jay Asher.
The series is circled around Clay Jensen, a high school student and his quest on finding out what happened to his friend and love-interest Hanna Baker.
The adoration of the series grew so far and wide that it was widely accepted even in India.
Popularity in India.
Given its popularity, “13 Reasons Why” became one of the few shows that Indians actually wanted to watch it with the entire family.
But the storyline of the series, however, is not the happiest and the most cheerful one.
The TV show is about a high school teenager, Hanna Baker who commits suicide after dealing with constant bullying and a series of demoralizing circumstances created by her very own friends.
As she decides to end her life, she leaves behind 13 tapes where she records explaining what made her take such a crucial step.
But how it fits perfectly in the Indian society?
Indian Society and 13 Reasons Why.
India has a very high suicide rate. In 2015 alone, 44,000 people ended their own lives aged 18-30.
And among the students, one committed suicide every hour the same year.
The leading cause of death among young Indians today is considered to be self-destruction or them killing themselves. And one of the biggest reason for this is academic pressure.
In India, when young people struggle under pressure, they have very few counselors to turn to. In fact, for a country of 1.2 billion population, India has only 3500 psychiatrists.
Even the parents and family members ignore the fact that their children have a mental problem and are depressed.
The series might not focus on education and shine more light towards the harassment and other enfeeble situations. But it still shows how a teenager suffers in school and in their lives. Something every parent needs to be aware of their children.
Now that the show is returning for the second season, hence the question arises, did “13 Reasons Why” stimulate an important conversation in the country? Or is the condition still the same or maybe even worse?