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15 suicides an hour in India

2011-10-28 12:40

New Delhi - The Indian government says the rate of suicide is increasing in the country and more than 15 people kill themselves every hour.

Financial difficulties and debts led to most of the male suicides while women were driven to take their lives because of domestic pressures and demands for dowry.

A report released late on Thursday says nearly 135 000 people committed suicide in the country of 1.2 billion in 2010. The report says the suicide rate increased to 11.4 per 100 000 people in 2010 from 10.9 the year before.

A 2008 World Health Organisation report ranked India 41st for its suicide rate. Because of its huge population, it accounted for 20% of global suicides.

Comments
  • Stanley - 2011-10-28 13:45

    Population control at its best/worst...

  • Tom - 2011-10-28 14:01

    Its because of the ever increasing divide between the haves and the have nots.......

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-10-28 14:03

    Monsanto are to blame for a whole lot of this debt- enslaving huge populations through barren seeds and poisonous pesticides- read up on farmer suicides in India We must realise our consumer choices impact people all around- maybe we cannot see the destitution and destruction- that does not mean its not there. Stop buying cheap indian and chinese imports- support local and organic industries, this is a social, economic and environmental issue

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