Tiffs between married couples led to 700 suicides in last decade-TOI
Onus on society to help those who are on the brink, says RTI activist.
Unemployment, the second reason, drove as many as 370 people to giving up their lives in the last ten years. Together with poverty, these reasons contributed to a 33 % rise in the number of citizens’ suicides from 2001 to 2010. The data also showed that of the 12 policemen from the Pune police who took their lives, a majority did so out of despair from physical ailments.
RTI activist Vihar Durve had sent an RTI application to the police commissioner’s office on August 4 this year, seeking the total number of citizens and policemen’s suicides from 2001, the age group and the reasons. The data was given by the public information officer of the crime branch in Pune.
The data was sought to understand the gravity of the suicides. “We had been reading about the rise in such acts and were concerned about them. The figures tell us how serious it is and how all of us, citizens and the government alike, are collectively responsible for the mental health of others,” Durve said.
“From 2001 to 2010, other than the suicidal deaths from clashes between husbands and wives, 258 were due to poverty, 139 from bankruptcy, 137 due to failure in examination, 121 due to problems in love affairs, 86 due to the death of a beloved, 84 due to clashes between mothers-in-law and daughtersin-law, 28 due to parting from a beloved, 20 from damage to reputation, 5 from insult, 1 from dispute over property and 3,590 due to other reasons,” said Durve.
Suicides among policemen, where ill-health was a major cause, need attention. Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Sanjeev Kumar Singhal said there were no specific exercises undertaken to address personal and other issues that policemen face. “During regular police training, stress management is dealt with. There was a counsellor to deal with their issues for three years till 2010, but this practice has been discontinued now,” he said.