Women suicide rate alarm -GS Mudur
Young adults too take lives in high numbers
New Delhi: India accounts for more than a third of global suicide deaths among women, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The study has also corroborated earlier findings that suicide is the top cause of death among Indians aged between 15 and 39 years.
"Young adults are taking their own lives in alarmingly high numbers, constituting a public health crisis," lead researcher Rakhi Dandona, at the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, and her colleagues wrote in a paper describing their findings published in The Lancet, a medical journal.
The study, which examined trends between 1990 and 2016, has found an overall decline in suicide death rates but India still accounted for 37 per cent of global suicide deaths among women and 24 per cent of suicide deaths among men during 2016.
It has also revealed an increase in suicides among the elderly over the past quarter-century. The suicide death rates among men and women aged above 70 years have risen for reasons still unclear.
But health researchers who conducted the study say social isolation, depression, functional disability and the feeling of being a burden on the family are among reasons that have been independently cited as factors contributing to suicides among the elderly.
Bengal is among seven states with the highest suicide death rates among men and women, figuring below Karnataka, Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh but higher than Telangana and Kerala.
The study is part of an exercise to estimate state-level burdens of select non-communicable diseases and suicides.
The study documented a 26 per cent fall in suicide death rates among women between 1990 and 2016, and a 5 per cent fall in suicide death rates among men.
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