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South India account for more suicides

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Sep 10 (UNI) The high literacy rate, general awareness and IT boom notwithstanding, the South Indian states lead the tally in number of suicide cases.

However, the most distressing fact is most suicides are being reported among the youth in the age group of 18-29 years. The reasons and modes of ending one's life are varied.

In India, about 1.10 lakh people take the extreme step every year, of which the majority take place down South including Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

''High literacy rates in the South means higher expectations and ambitions, which -- if not met -- breeds frustration and loneliness.

In extreme cases, such prolonged condition may lead a person to end life,'' Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar, one of India's leading consultant psychiatrist told UNI here.

At the same, she maintained that as India charts its economic development course, psychiatric disorders leading to suicidal tendencies will only become more pronounced.

In 1970, the suicide rate in India stood at 6.7 per lakh population (PLP), which has climbed to an alarming level of 10.5 PLP today, she added.

The union territory of Pondicherry has gained the dubious distinction of topping the suicide chart of the country with 53 PLP.

Every year, September 10 is observed as the World Suicide Prevention Day.

In 2003, International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) -- in conjunction with World Health Organization (WHO) -- designated September 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day for focussing attention on the problem of suicide worldwide.


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