Number of suicides in Kerala comes down

February 19th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19 (IANS) Kerala leads the country in literacy and health indicators but also has dubious distinction of having the highest rate of suicide. However, Social Welfare Minister P.K. Sreemathy feels no need for concern since the total number of people taking their own lives has declined in the past five years.
“While the national suicide rate is 10.80, in the state it is 26.30. There has been no study on the total number of suicides but according to the Crime Records Bureau the number has come down in the past five years,” Sreemathy told the state assembly Thursday.

The Economic Review 2008 that was tabled in the assembly Thursday showed that while the total number of suicides in the state in 2000 was 9,304, it fell to 9,053 in 2004 and further dropped to 8,321 in 2008.

“Major reasons for the suicides have been found to be family issues, illness and financial problems,” said Sreemathy.

“We have taken up the issue of suicides in a big way and will reach out to people through ‘Jagaran Samithis’ and also through counselling sessions at the health clinics in schools,” she added.

Thiruvananthapuram district led the state with 1,171 suicide cases followed by Kollam with 865 cases. Kasargod had the lowest rate with 250 cases.

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