India’s National Capital Region (NCR) has witnessed a dramatic increase in suicides in recent months, as many families in the region are struggling with economic hardships.
According to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Developing Societies (CMDES), a non-profit, the NCR witnessed a sharp increase in deaths from suicide in April, the first time it had recorded such a sharp rise in such a short period.
“The suicides were also seen to be increasing in the NCRs areas of the cities of New Delhi and Mumbai,” CMDES reported.
The rise in suicides came amid a worsening economic climate in the city.
“Since April 2017, there have been nearly two dozen suicides and six deaths from accidental poisoning, which has been a growing concern across the country,” the report said.
“There has also been a rise in the number of suicide attempts in the metro area, as well as the number reporting self-harming tendencies.”
CMDes data also revealed that more people were reporting suicidal tendencies than ever before.
In April, there were 2,056 suicide attempts and 912 suicides in the country, an increase of about 4,000 from March.
“With the current economic crisis, we are seeing more and more people resort to suicide,” Dr Sanjay Pandey, CMDees senior data analyst, told The Times.
The crisis of the financial crisis, coupled with the rise in suicide rates in the past few months, prompted Pandey to add that there was a real sense of urgency in terms of social support.
“It is also a time of anxiety for many of the families in India’s cities, as they struggle to cope with their economic distress and financial burden,” he added.
“This is especially the case in Mumbai, where we see a rising trend of suicides.”
Pandey also said that there had been a lot of media coverage about the suicide crisis in the Indian capital, but the fact that it was happening in the capital was “a real issue”.
“It can also be seen in many other parts of the country as well,” he said.
A report by a UN study, released earlier this month, also found that there is a spike in suicide deaths in India.
According a report, the Indian government is unable to cope because of its inadequate financial resources, with the government of India having less than $2 billion in emergency funds.
The UN said that, in 2016, the suicide rate in India stood at 15.4 per 100,000 people.
The report said that the overall suicide rate was about 22.7 per 100 million people.
“While this is a relatively small number, it can be interpreted as a sign that India’s financial crisis is worsening,” the UN report said, adding that “there is a growing trend of individuals and families in many parts of India becoming increasingly anxious, particularly for financial resources.”
While suicide rates have risen across the world, they have risen in India, which was the only country in the world to see a jump in suicides between 2012 and 2016.
The suicide rate rose from 11.3 to 17.2 per 100 000 people in 2016.
“In 2017, India recorded a 13.4 increase in suicide rate, the second highest in the OECD and one of the highest in any country in its region,” a report from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found.
“Data from other OECD countries indicate that the suicide rates are at least five to six times higher than the overall rate,” the ICMR said.
In a survey conducted in 2016 by ICMR, only 16% of people in India said they would consider suicide in the future.
“Many of these respondents are worried about financial stress, financial security, and the quality of life, which makes suicide more likely,” the survey stated.
In 2017, the number reported suicide increased by 13% in India compared to 2016.
It was the third highest increase in the World at that time.
“We cannot afford to wait any longer for the government to act on these alarming trends,” the Indian Government said in a statement after the suicide report was released.
“Our government has been working hard to tackle the crisis.
We are taking all steps to tackle this menace.
We will not be silent and will not allow this crisis to worsen,” it said.