By Sanjiv Phansalkar
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in India, especially in the 15-29-year age group. Interestingly, the better developed and governed states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh show a higher incidence of suicides (number of suicides per 100,000 population) than the relatively backward states. Bihar, for instance, shows a suicide rate that is under 1 per 100,000 of the population.
It is interesting as well as instructive to compare suicide trends in different regions—especially when one sees that objective adversity does not necessarily mean a higher suicide rate…
The past two decades have shown a spurt in suicides among farm families. This started becoming a public issue with the rise of suicides in Telangana, spreading through Vidarbha, Punjab, and Karnataka. The latest leader in the morbid race has been the Marathwada region in Maharashtra. Beed district in Marathwada alone has reported over a thousand suicides in the last two years.
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