New Delhi, Sep 2: On an average 381 persons had committed suicide in India daily in 2019, the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data said, adding that a total of 1,39,123 fatalities last year, including 36 such casualties of security personnel under the Home Ministry.
According to the latest data, there has been an increase of 3.4 percent in suicides during 2019 (1,39,123 suicides) as compared to 2018 (1,34,516) and 2017 (1,29,887) and the rate of suicide (incidents per 1 lakh population) rose by 0.2 percent in 2019 over 2018.
The report also mentions that the suicide rate in cities (13.9 percent) was higher as compared to the national average of 10.4 per cent in last year.
As per the data of suicides committed, a 53.6 percent of cases were reported by hanging, 25.8 percent by consuming poison, 5.2 percent by drowning and 3.8 percent by self-immolation.
The NCRB data further specified that family problems, other than marriage-related issues, were behind 32.4 percent in suicides cases, marriage-related problems were 5.5 percent and 17.1 percent were because of illness and they together accounted for 55 percent of the total suicides.
However, the data revealed that nearly 68.4 percent of the male victims were married, whereas in case of women victim the ratio was 62.5 percent.
Referring to the suicides cases in the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) under the Home Ministry, the report said that a total of 433 suicide deaths were reported during the six-year period, the least (28) number of cases was reported in 2018 and the maximum (175) in 2014 while it was 60 in 2017, 74 in 2016 and 60 in 2015.
The NCRB data did not reveal the Force-wise break up of suicides within the CAPF, but of the total deaths, 14 of them (38.9 percent) due to “family problems” and three due to “service-related issues”. The reason for suicide was “not known” in eight cases, while it was “other causes” in nine. “Fall in social reputation” and “marriage-related issues” led to one suicide each during the year 2019, the NCRB data observed.