Why Do Indians Commit Suicide?

Wed Nov 20 2019 17:27:50 GMT+0530 (IST)

Every four minutes an Indian commits suicide, according to latest data revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the year 2016.

A total of 131,008 people ended their life that year, which was a marginal decline of 2% from the 133,623 suicidal deaths recorded in 2015. Overall, more men were likely to commit suicide (68% of all suicides were male) than women.

A total of 8,684 deaths in the country occurred due to causes attributable to forces of nature during the year 2016. Out of 8,684 accidental deaths attributable to forces of nature, 38.2 per cent deaths due to 'Lightning', 15.4 per cent deaths due to 'Heat and Sun Stroke' and 8.9 per cent deaths due to 'flood' were reported during the year 2016.

About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of the world population. Between 1987 and 2007, the suicide rate increased from 7.9 to 10.3 per 100,000, with higher suicide rates in southern and eastern states of India In 2012, Tamil Nadu (12.5% of all suicides), Maharashtra (11.9%) and West Bengal (11.0%) had the highest proportion of suicides. In India, about 46,000 suicides or about 34% each of all suicides in the age groups 15-29 and 30-44.