One out of every three suicides are committed in India, says WHO report

whoA decade-long study by the World Health Organisation says that a suicide is committed every 40 seconds; one of every three suicides takes place in India.

The WHO report that was released earlier today said that an Indian commits suicide every two minutes. The report estimates that about 2.5 Lakh people committed suicide in India in 2012, much more than the government’s estimation.

The report also finds that maximum suicides in India were committed in the age group 15-29 years. More men kill themselves than women.

Shekhar Saxena, the lead author of the WHO report who heads the organisation’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva, said, “There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide”.

Professor MC Misra, Director at the country’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences says, “It is an extremely serious problem and it is likely to increase in future because of materialism coming into the society. Social disparity, economic disparity, educational disparity, access to health care is limited and many other reasons all lead to this problem”.

He revealed, “Recently my own sister’s daughter committed suicide for no reason.”

Medaram Jathara

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