After Sikkim, Tripura records highest suicide in NE: NCRB

AGARTALA, SEP 6 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/6/2020 12:18:32 PM IST

In a report published by the Nation Crime Reports Bureau (NCRB), Sikkim and Tripura has the highest suicide rates in the North East India in 2019. 

While Sikkim ranked first with 33.1%, Tripura reported 18.2% of cases. The report also said that the two states surpassed the national level suicide rate that stands at 10.4% in 2019.

After Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh reported 7.4% suicide rate to become third in NE followed by Assam 6.9% and Meghalaya 6.1%. Nagaland and Mizoram were in the last positions recording 1.9% cases each.

According to the NCRB report, total 1,39,123 suicides were reported in 2019 and 1,34,516 such cases in 2018 across the country showing an increase of 3.4% in the last year. However, the suicides rate was hiked by 0.2% in 2019 from 2018.

“Every year, more than 1, 00,000 people commit suicide in our country. There are various causes of suicides like professional/career problems, sense of isolation, abuse, violence, family problems, mental disorders, addiction to alcohol, financial loss, chronic pain etc”, the NCRB report reads.

Other causes included drug addiction, bankruptcy, failure in examinations , unemployment , property dispute , professional problems, illness, marriage-related problems in 2019. Of them, family problem and illness were found to be the major causes of suicides in the country that accounted for 32.4% and 17.1% of total suicides .

In case of suicides due to illness, Sikkim had 100 and Meghalaya reported 33 cases, 11 cases in Mizoram, three cases in Nagaland , two cases in Manipur and one in Arunachal Pradesh.

Reacting to the report, Dr. Anjana Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor of Tripura University’s Clinical and Forensic Psychology said, “Awareness is the way to prevent tendencies of suicide. But, unfortunately, there has been no such awareness of mental health”.



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