Suicide cases in Gujarat on the rise, reveals Directorate of Forensic Sciences data
Data received from the Directorate of Forensic Sciences (DFS) have revealed that suicide cases in the state are on the rise. As per the number of suicide cases confirmed by the DFS, which deals with authenticating the handwriting in the suicide notes, as compared to previous years, suicide cases are increasing.
As against in 2016 and 2017, 576 and 582 cases were confirmed by FSL respectively, whereas 2018 recorded 338 cases in a mere six months. Sources have said the number is likely to double in the coming months.
Officials at forensic laboratory said that predominantly, suicide letters are the maximum that come to the laboratory. Also, while there maybe thousands of cases that arrive, FSL maintains a record of only those which are confirmed.
A source said, “Many times we get a suicide note but if we find the handwritings not matching, our report says it does not match. In such a case, the investigating officer then digs deep and eventually detects a murder. Also not all cases reach FSL.”
As per the data tabled at state legislative Assembly, nearly 792 suicide cases were reported from the city in 2016 whereas 813 cases were reported in 2017.
In terms of the documents division that scans the suicide notes, 101, 110 and 119 cases were found in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Commenting on the issue, Dr Hansal Bhachech, consulting psychiatrist, said, “Increase in suicide cases may be directly related to the frustrations creeping in common people. Chief reasons for frustrations are increased cost and reduced ease of living, increasing stresses of daily life, costly and uncertain educational system, being intolerant, negativity in society in form of crimes, frauds, depression and so on. Only thing left for us as a mechanism to fight frustrations is by increasing our stress fighting capacity by physical exercise, yoga, meditation.”
He further added, “Staying away from negative news and negative people also helps a lot. These days, youth, especially need to remain socially active, not on social media but connecting with people virtually. In olden days, these incidents were quite less as loneliness was not there.”