‘Kaala Pathar’, an accessory for suicide among women in Punjab. What is it?

During 2017, 70 women in Punjab alone gave up their lives using black stone over financial troubles, domestic disputes, and societal pressure.

Over the past few years, reported cases of suicide, particularly among Punjabi women, has dramatically increased.

While suicide and self-harm are primarily believed to be driven by mental health issues, one cannot simply ignore the material circumstances that trigger them. Another significant aspect that needs to be talked about is the role of the authorities in this particular scenario.

How? If you’re wondering how can authorities play their role here, in the year 2017 alone, 703 cases of attempted suicides were recorded that were committed by ingesting “Black Stone”.
Not just that, 150 lost lives in 2016 while 128 lost their lives in 2017 through this.

(Source: Nation.com.pk)

WHAT IS BLACK STONE?

Black stone, chemically known as Paraphenylenediamine, is one of the major facilitators of suicide among Punjabi women particularly.

During 2017, 70 women in Punjab alone gave up their lives using black stone over financial troubles, domestic disputes, and societal pressure. The black stone that is commonly used in hair dyes and henna is a strong coloring agent.

Unfortunately, in the wake of the recently increased number of suicides black stone, commonly known as Kalaa Pathar, is regarded as the cheapest poison for suicide. But, what’s even more concerning is that you can get this for only 10 rupees and is still easily accessible the market.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE URGENTLY:

Reportedly, three people are committing suicide every single day in the province of Punjab. The majority of the consumers are women belonging to the lower or middle class.

DC Dera Ghazi Khan, Muhammad Ibrahim Junaid called the situation seriously concerning. Talking to a news channel, he said:

‘’Viewing gravity of the situation, we request the Punjab government and the Home Department for a ban on its sale. That is why, Section – 144 has been imposed’’ (Source: ARY NEWS)

However, we do know that even though the chemical has been previously banned and the ban has been reimposed as well, but it is still being openly sold and is accessible to people of all ages. To overcome the problem, we need to act as a responsible citizen and keep an eye if this life-threatening facilitator is being sold in our localities or not.


Also See: Five Warning Signs That Tell Someone Is Thinking Of Committing Suicide



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