2 youth commit suicide in Srinagar

Srinagar: Two youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves at separate places in the summer, capital, Srinagar, on Thursday.

Official sources said that panic gripped Nowgam when a 27-year-old youth (name withheld) was found hanging from the ceiling of his room at his residence in uptown Srinagar on Thursday. “Other family members rushed the youth to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead,” they said.

They said preliminary investigation indicate that the youth committed suicide. “It was not immediately clear why he took this extreme step,” they said, adding police has registered a case and initiated investigation to ascertain the circumstances which forced him to commit suicide.

In another incident, the family members of a 24-year-old youth (name withheld) knocked at the door of his room in their Batamaloo residence early on Thursday morning. However, they said the youth didn’t open the door. “The family members finally broke the door open and found the 24-year-old youth hanging from the ceiling,” they said.

They said the youth was immediately taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. “The reason behind the suicide was not immediately known,” they said, adding a case has been registered and investigation has been taken up to ascertain the circumstances which forced the youth to take this extreme step.

“After completing all the legal and medical formalities, the bodies of the youths were handed over to their respective families for last rites,” they added.

The number of suicides in Kashmir valley since the outbreak of second way of COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed a significant increase.

Experts claim that the jump in the number of suicides is related to deterioration of mental health of people due to COVID-19 pandemic. “There are various factors that affect the mental health of a person. During the current pandemic, people are stressed and have anxieties due to job loss, limited income, COVID related deaths and other factors. On top of this, due to restrictions, people were confined to their homes due to COVID curfew… all this has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of people,” they said. (UNI)

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