Joblessness, hero worship lead to surge in suicides in MP

  • Kalyan Das, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2016 17:34 IST

Unemployment and difference in opinion about film stars (hero worship), besides family problems and mental illness, drove a surge in the number of suicides in Madhya Pradesh to over 10,000, according to state crime records bureau (SCRB) data released by police.

From 124 cases of suicides in 2014 due to unemployment, the state saw a 366% jump in the figures to 455 in 2015, the data revealed.

Of the 579 cases, 306 were registered in Satna district, followed by 185 in Bhopal and 22 in Chhatarpur district. As per Labour Ministry’s survey, the unemployment rate per 1,000 persons aged above 15 in Madhya Pradesh was 29. It was, however, the fifth lowest in the country.

199 people took their lives due to hero worship

In a strange phenomenon, as many as 199 people — 122 men and 87 women ­– took their lives due to hero worship or because they had difference of opinion with their near ones about their heroes.

Star-struck Rewa district recorded 198 cases of suicide, while just one case was recorded in Chhatarpur district.

According to the SCRB report, the state recorded a total of 10,293 suicides due to various reasons last year, up from 9,039 cases in 2014. 6,294 were men and 3,999 were women. Indore topped the chart with 653 cases, followed by Rewa 604, Sagar 520, Jabalpur 468 and Bhopal 468.

Family problems, mental illness major causes of suicide besides unemployment

Apart from unemployment and hero worship, the major reasons that drove most people to kill themselves were family problems and mental illness, the data showed. Of the 2,749 suicides by 1,595 men and 1,154 women due to family problems, 371 were registered in Indore, 345 in Rewa and 200 in Dhar district.

Suicides due to mental illness rose by 128% in 2015 with 1,227 cases — 861 men and 366 women ­– registered as compared to 538 in 2014. Khargone district recorded the most cases at 95 followed by Mandla with 71 and Panna with 61.

Cases of suicide due to fall in social reputation also saw an increase with 94 more cases registered in 2015 than 63 cases registered in 2014. Rewa registered the most such cases, 61, followed by Chhatarpur with 27 and Anuppur with 18.

Love affairs led 165 men and 186 women to take their lives last year

Love affairs led 165 men and 186 women to take their lives last year, up from 110 in the previous year.

However cases of suicide due to dowry dispute saw a drop in the state with 565 cases registered in 2015 against 669 in 2014. Suicides due to poverty also saw a decrease with 15 cases less than the 38 recorded in 2014.

Out of the total 10, 293 cases of suicide registered in MP, 2,701 deceased were housewives, 1,942 were daily wagers and 1,265 unemployed people.

Psychologist Dr Anita Singh said people are becoming more impatient and impulsive which is driving them towards suicide. “Some are not able to get opportunities. They suffer from self-imposed pressure to attain academic or financial goals. Failing to attain the goals, they choose to end their life.”

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