Hyderabad: As per National Crime Records Bureau data, till 2012, united Andhra Pradesh stood third in the country for the number of suicides recorded, and second for the number of family suicides.
City-wise in AP, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam recorded more suicide cases than Hyderabad. AP constituted 10.8 per cent of the total share of suicides in the country, with 14,607 cases reported.
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“In most cases, suicides are due to family problems like dowry, unemployment and harassment, weak-mindedness and lack of emotional or financial support. Even in families, mostly housewives commit suicide and there is a dire need to address this issue which can be solved through proper counseling,” said Sandeep Shandilya, ACP (Crimes and S.I.T)
The recent case of a techie killing his family and himself triggers the question as to what leads to such incidents. “When people face problems, either financial or emotional, they tend to lose the strength to think beyond ending their lives. In case of family suicides, the first person kills the others in a fit of rage or in order to save them from further misery that can be caused after his death,” said Shobhana Srivastava, psychiatrist, Care Hospital.
According to statistics, most suicides occur due to family problems, followed by illness and are prominent amongst people who are married. Also, most suicides were by those employed in the private sector. About 9,022 private employees committed suicide during 2012-13, while amongst the self-employed category, more suicides were found among people involved in agriculture, with around 4,274 deaths. Housewives, agriculturists, students and unemployed are more prone to committing suicides, states the data.
According to experts, these days, especially in IT companies or MNCs, where there is a lot of work stress, it has become essential to hire a mental health consultant. If this service is in the companies’ protocol, the employees could seek professional help when facing problems....