Jabalpur has the highest suicide rate among major cities in the entire country. This startling revelation has come in the latest Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India ( ADSI) report released by National Crime Record Bureau.
The report has taken into account 53 'mega cities' across India and it shows that Jabalpur has the highest rate of suicides among them. In the year 2012, Jabalpur recorded 572 suicides, far ahead of Indore (434), Bhopal (275) and Gwalior (208).
It is not just leading in the suicide rate but if the number of suicides is concerned, it is far ahead of much larger cities like Lucknow (225), Jaipur (338) and Nagpur (501) and even Kolkata (371).
In the year 2011, Jabalpur had recorded 351 suicides and the figure shockingly went up to 572 in 2012-a rise of 63%.
The suicide rate is obtained by dividing number of suicides in a city by the population of that city in lakhs.
Jabalpur has a suicide rate of 45.1 which is followed by Kollam (40.5%), Rajkot (30.5), Durg-Bhilai (28.5) and Chennai (25.1). Bhopal has a comparatively lower suicide rate of 14.6.
Superintendent of police (SP), Jabalpur, Harinarayanchari Mishra says that majority of suicide cases are related to domestic problems within the family leading to take the extreme steps in the city.
"As joint families are disintegrating, when there is a dispute between husband and wife there is no third person present to mediate and resolve the dispute. This is not the case in joint families where there are many members in the family," he said.
Mishra says that lack of communication gap among family members too was seen as one of reason for any member taking such step. Amongst students rising competition in field of education, in the youth changing lifestyle and unable to cope with current circumstances is the reason for suicide.
The SP said that society is yet to consider mental illness as common diseases like fever and ironically people undergoing treatment from psychiatrist is seen as insane.
Professor Shobhana Khare, who is head of department of psychology with the Mahakoshal Arts and Commerce College, says that emotional attachment