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Bengaluru: Karnataka records highest suicide rate in country

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Sep 13: Karnataka state has the highest number of suicides according to a research that was done to assess the trends of self-killing in the country.

Karnataka is closely followed by Tripura in the suicide rates per one lac people. While Karnataka recorded an average of 30.7 suicides per one lac population in 2016, Tripura's average stood at 30.3. The neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana recorded 29.8, 25.0 and 22.4 respectively while West Bengal had a suicide rate of 23.6.

The study says that the suicide incidents among women have reduced in the past quarter-century. In total, 2,30,300 people committed suicide in India in the year 2016 as against 1,64,400 in 1990. In the case of Karnataka, the rate for men is 36 for one lac and women is 23.5.

According to the research company, it is not possible for most states of the country to achieve the suicide reduction target of United Nations. The target of UN is to reduce the suicides by one-third by the year 2030 from the data available for the year 2015.

Indian men constitute 24% of suicides committed by men worldwide. While, for women of our country, percentage of suicides is 37% of the total women suicides of the world. The states of West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Tripura stand next to Greenland, Lesotho and Uganda, the top three countries of the world with regards to the self-killing by women.

The survey says that the age group of 15 to 39 years is the most vulnerable for suicides and constituted 63% of all suicides in the country for the year 2016. The crucial age for girls is found to be between 15 and 19 years. A suicide prevention plan is the need of the hour in our country reports the survey.

The average for Indian women suicides is more than twice the rate for that of the world. While 15 women commit suicides for every lac of women in India, the world average is only seven. For Indian men the corresponding numbers are 21 per lac against the international average of 16.

Among women, married ones account for the highest number of suicidal deaths in India. The reasons for this as per the study are early and arranged marriage, young motherhood, low social status, domestic violence and economic dependence.

Balram Bhargava, director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says, "Emphasis should be given to understand and prevent the causes for the ten-fold variation between the states with regards to suicides committed by women so that the loss of mostly young lives can be avoided."

This study is among a set of five research documents on the trend observed in India on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illness, the four non-communicable diseases coupled with suicides for the past 25 years. All together these comprise for the highest number of deaths in India.

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  • JK, southkanara

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Politicians mainly responsible for this and they should be given credit for making Karnataka No.1 in achieving this shameful deaths...

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  • dominic-dsouza-Rudy, mudarangady mauritius

    Fri, Sep 14 2018


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  • D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018


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  • Namith, Kottara

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Congress rule bure din

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    gujjus r fully in mixed business. they don't commit suicide.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Split figure are required during whose rule this number is highest

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  • pooki, mangaluru

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    this is mainly because Yeddyurappa did not waive the farmer loans when he was the CM..from that the trend has started and it is being followed. Jai Siddaramaiah,,Jai appa maga party

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  • Soumya, Udupi

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Yesterday Modiji killed 8 terrorists. We were celebrating. But this news makes me very sad. After elimination of all terrorists and stone pelters Modiji should concentrate on stopping these suicides.

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  • D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    I have heard that Modi goes to American and European countries for tours. But I had not known that he had gone to the Kashmir frontiers to kill the terrorists.

    If what you say is true then it is time to call back the soldiers.

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  • Soumya, Udupi

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Our security forces require instructions and powers to carry out such operation. Now Modiji gives full powers to our security forces. That means Modiji should be given the credit for killing more than 600 terrorists and stone throwers in last three years.
    If same type of operations are carried out for last 20 years there would not be any terrorism in our country. And we would have saved many lives. Hope you understand.

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  • D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    I will not contradict you...

    In which case please correct your sentence to be read as "Our PM ordered the killing of terrorists"

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore - Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Statistics tell the truth, hence statistics showing highest suicide rate in Karnataka is causing alarming concern. It was our impression that Karnataka is a stable state where the economic life as well as the domestic life is moving forward in a very satisfactory manner.

    The climate of Karnataka is favorably good as compared to many other states. The communal harmony is favorably good. The industrial growth, the pollution rate and the overall life conditions are reasonably favorable as compared to many other states.

    However, the proven statistics have to be seriously taken into consideration and proper measures have to be taken into account. The Karnataka Government has all the resources to review the conditions more closely in order to rectify the situation.

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  • Truth Teller, Karnataka

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    This is bound to happen when BJP gets the highest no of seats!. Imagine if they form government!!!!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Truth teller
    I think you have gone mad with BJP hating. Get well soon
    The figures r for 2016 when ur nidderamayya is ruling

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    Karnataka is Number One Everywhere ...

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  • Sandesh, udupi

    Fri, Sep 14 2018

    You are one of the happiest person after reading this news.

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  • henry, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 13 2018

    And the reason is demonetization!

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 13 2018

    In the words of Jossey Saldanha, "acche din in Karnataka", thanks to Rahulji & Gowdas. May all Kannadigas be blessed with results & repercussions of past 'adventures' of the Congress politicians. Time to shut the vocal sarcasm from the handicap chair, stand up, help, donate and be constructive.

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