Recently, the number of deaths due to suicides in India have reached an all-time high, the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau revealed. 2021 is the year with the highest number of deaths because of suicide in the country.
In 2021, 1.64 lakh people died of suicide marking an increase of 7.2% from the year 2020 when 1.53 lakh people committed suicide. According to the data of accidental deaths and suicide released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Monday, in 2019 the killing was as low as 1.39 lakh in comparison to the following years.
The number of deaths due to suicide per lakh population stands at 12 in 2021, which is the highest rate of death from suicide since the year 1967. Until today the highest rate of suicide was calculated to be 11.3 in 2010.
The most suicide throughout the year 2021 were reported in Maharashtra where the count stood at 22,207. Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Karnataka followed at 12,925 14,965 13,500 and 13,056 respectively. As per the report, the five states accounts for more than 50% of the total suicide deaths in the country.
Additionally, domestic problems and illnesses were reported to be be the major cause of death by suicide in India. They accounted for 33.2% and 18.6% of the total suicide deaths.
Daily wage earners were the largest group among the suicide victims for the second successive year. There count stood at 1,53,052 and the majority of these people wee daily wage earner in 2021.
Moreover according to the report, a total of 10,881 people involved in the farming sector, including 5,563 agricultural labourers, also died due to suicides in 2021.
“Housewives accounted for 51.5% of the total female victims [23,179 out of 45,026] and constitute nearly 14.1% of total victims who committed suicides [23,179 out of 1,64,033] during the year 2021,” the report mentioned.