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586 women, majority of them from Hindu community, committed suicide in Sindh in last five years

According to a report revealed by the Sindh police ,out of 1287 people, 586 females committed suicide during the last five years.

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According to a report revealed by the Sindh police, out of 1287 people, 586 females committed suicide during the last five years.

The data was compiled for a study on suicides in Sindh.

Overall statistics

Total Number of Muslims 681
Total Number of Non-Muslims 606
Time Duration Jan 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019
People Aged between 21 and 40 702

 

Speaking to a source, the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam said the newly formed research department of the police carried out the study.

The IGP said that the purpose of the research was to identify the triggers behind the growing incidents of suicide.

The IGP pointed out that the police had acknowledged the matter and launched proper research, particularly in lower Sindh,  where the rate of suicides had become a cause of concern.

Statistics with respect to studies

Mirpurkhas range/division
Number of Females 356
Number of Males 290
Aged between 21 and 40 years 324
Number of Muslims 197
Number of Hindus 449

 

 Hyderabad division
Number of Females 116
Number of Males 183
Aged between 21 and 40 years 191
Number of Muslims 187
Number of Hindus 112

 

 Shaheed Benazirabad range
Number of Females 75
Number of Males 106
Aged between 21 and 40 years 91
Number of Muslims 130
Number of Hindus 42

 

 Karachi range
Number of Females 25
Number of Males 82
Aged between 21 and 40 years 68

 

 Larkana range
Number of Females 12
Number of Males 36
Aged between 21 and 40 years 25
Number of Muslims 47
Number of Hindus 1

 

 Sukkur
Number of Females 2
Number of Males 4
Aged between 21 and 40 years 3
Number of Muslims 5
Number of Hindus 1

 

According to the study, these were the following methods used by people to end their lives

  • Hanging
  • Administering poison (drinking pesticides)
  • Drowning (jumping into a well)
  • Self-immolation
  • Fenestration (jumping from high places)
  • Gunshot and sharp blade/knife

Major reasons behind suicide

suicide

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Falling socio-economic status
  • Marital issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Addiction to drugs and psychological issues

The study suggested ‘reforms’ to properly analyze and inspect suicide cases reported under Section 174 of the criminal procedure code.

The study also suggested that the government to initiate poverty alleviation programs.

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