Suicide Emerging As a Major Issue in IOK: Study

Srinagar, May 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the grim situation due to the prolonged Kashmir dispute taking heavy toll on the behivour of the people with suicide emerging as a serious psycho-social issue in the Kashmir valley as the tertiary care SMHS hospital in Srinagar on an average daily receives at least three persons with suicidal tendencies.
According to media sources, the number of cases reported at the SMHS hospital of persons committing suicide by consuming poison (mostly pesticides) has radically increased in the last five years, the official data revealed. The last decade saw 5,700 such cases coming to the SMHS hospital, most of them from rural areas where pesticides, which contain organic phosphorous, are easily available. Between April 2018 and February 2019, 886 cases of poison consumption were reported as against 563 in 2017-18, 344 in 2016-17, 520 in 2015-16 and 320 cases in 2014-15. As per a study ‘Muslim Suicide-Experience from Kashmir Valley’ by noted psychiatrist Dr Arshad Hussain, on an average 3.5 persons report per day to SMHS hospital with suicidal tendencies. The study categorized 14,830 cases of suicides according to sex, age, method of suicide and other parameters. Among the cases most committing and completing suicides are males in the age group of 25-34 years. Besides other factors, assumption because of loss of bread earner to present conflict, as per the study, seem to be a major factor tilting the balance towards extreme behaviour. KASHMIR VOICE

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