Mumbai: Is India becoming a nation of suicide victims? Data compiled from various crime records bureau in the country show that more Indians are succumbing to pressures and committing suicide every year. Also, the numbers of deaths arising out of accidents are on the rise.
Data culled from the records of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the year 2009 shows an increase over previous years in suicide rates, and deaths by accidents, illnesses and other factors like fire. Interestingly, more men than women committed suicide in 2009 – 223 male suicides were recorded per day, as opposed to 125 female suicides daily. Of the 125, 69 were housewives. Overall, more than one lakh persons lost their lives to suicide in 2009, an increase of 1.7 percent over 2008.
“West Bengal reported the highest number of suicides (14,648) accounting for 11.5 percent of total suicides, followed by Andhra Pradesh (14,500), Tamil Nadu (14,424), Maharashtra (14,300) and Karnataka (12,195) accounting for 11.4 percent, 11.3 percent, 11.2 percent and 9.6 percent respectively of the total suicides in the country. These five states together accounted for 55.1 percent,” the report said.
The data also showed that Indians committed suicide owing to a variety of problems — family issues, illness, love affairs, poverty, property disputes, failure in exams, bankruptcy and unemployment. Also, the younger age groups, counted from zero to 29 years, showed a greater tendency towards suicide (128 daily). However, there was a suicide recorded every day in each age group. Totally, the average number of suicides every day in 2009 was 348.
With regards to deaths due to accidents, the NCRB records showed that there were 978 deaths a day. A total of 418 deaths due to traffic accidents occurred daily, with average 1,290 persons injured in traffic accidents. An average of 69 people died daily due to trucks or lorries, while 72 people died due to two-wheeler accidents. Railway deaths were pegged at 71 a day.
Additionally, deaths due to poisoning, fires, use of weapons, illnesses, electrocution, falls, and freak accidents by drowning and fires, were also recorded daily.