The most startling fact that emerges from the National Crime Record Bureau’s `Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2013′, however, is how young citizens of the state killing themselves -and why . Of the 7,116 suicide cases registered with the state police last year, in 40% of cases the victims were below 29 years of age. The prominent reasons that have come up in police inquiries include failed love affairs, problems at workplace, cancellation of marriage, and family squabbles.
According to the NCRB report, cities like Ahmedabad and Surat reported a 9% rise in the number of suicides whereas Vadodara reported a slight decline. Of the victims, 63.24% are males whereas 24.2% of the victims were identified as homemakers.
The data underlines the changing stress points in society. While there is a steady decline in the number of students ending lives because of failure in exams or in love affairs, the emerging vulnerable class is of youths who find it hard to deal with pressures at the workplace.
Relatives of 124 victims identified problems at office as the reason for suicide.
In 2013, the NCRB data showed that married men and women presented three times more probability of ending lives than their unmarried or divorced counterparts. Experts point at the ever-widening gap between aspirations and fulfillment as the key creator of `disillusionment.’ “The reason men are more prone to suicides is that traditionally they have been assigned the macho role because of which they cannot express themselves as easily as women do or open up to others to vent their emotions,“ said Dr Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist. “Perhaps it is also the reason why `success rate’ of men committing suicide is higher than the women’s.
Sometimes, women try to draw attention to themselves with such an act.“
Bhachech said that earlier people were more worried about their image in society . Thus, the number of suicides due to failure in exams or cancellation of marriage was higher. “Today, citizens have become more aware about themselves. They are not worried about what others would say but are heartbroken if their own aspirations are not fulfilled,“ he said. `Mental illness’ taking toll?
M any a times, when there is no logical explanation, the fatal incidents are registered as suicide due to insanity or mental illness. In 2013, the state police registered 739 cases that constitute roughly 10 per cent of the total cases. In most of the cases, the victims, however, didn’t have medical records that could point at such an ailment leading to the extreme steps. Rajkot remains at the top M any a times, when there is no logical explanation, the fatal incidents are registered as suicide due to insanity or mental illness. In 2013, the state police registered 739 cases that constitute roughly 10 per cent of the total cases. In most of the cases, the victims, however, didn’t have medical records that could point at such an ailment leading to the extreme steps. Senior citizens worst sufferers G ujarat has registered the highest number of suicides by retired persons. The state (223) is followed by Maharashtra (142) and Kerala (138). Among cities, the highest number is registered at 30 in Rajkot, preceded only by Mumbai with 46 such cases. AIDS, cancer major reasons T he illnesses such as AIDS and Cancer have been major factors pushing Gujaratis to suicide. Gujarat comes third (88), after Andhra Pradesh (90) and Maharashtra (104), with maximum cases of suicides due to AIDS. It comes fourth as far as suicides due to cancer are concerned.
Gujarat has registered 77 cases of such suicides preceded by Kerala (155) and Andhra Pradesh (120).