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Over ten per cent rise in number of suicides in Gujarat

The number of suicides in Gujarat has risen by 10.5 per cent in 2008, as compared to 2007, with housewives constituting the highest percentage, according to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2010 12:31 IST

The number of suicides in Gujarat has risen by 10.5 per cent in 2008, as compared to 2007, with housewives constituting the highest percentage, according to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

The recently published report titled 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India-2008' said, the number of suicides in Gujarat has increased to 6,165 in 2008 from 5580 registered in 2007, an increase of 10.5 per cent. The all-India average was recorded at 2.2 per cent.

Out of the 6,165 suicides in 2008 in Gujarat, 1,744 (28.3 percent) were housewives.

Gujarat, where 4.9 per cent of the total suicides in the country took place in 2008, stands eighth in the list of state after West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, where high suicide rates were recorded.

Dr G K Vankar, Head, Psychiatry Department at B J Medical College, said, "Suicide is a complex phenomenon with depression and stress being major factors responsible for it. We believe that those who commit suicide 80 per cent of them are suffering from depression and related disorders."

"Women are taking up dual responsibilities now a days like working and also taking care of home and children which adds up to the stress. Also, among housewives, there are number of factors- social, economical and psychological which could lead to depression, stress and result in suicide," Vankar said.