Why is the suicide rate increasing dramatically in Sindh’s Thar?

More than 195 people killed themselves last year; while, around 97 people took their lives in 2017.

Think about all the development hurdles, and sadly, Thar (Pakistan’s neglected desert) suffers from it all. Nevertheless, the accelerated growth of Thar has abandoned its people even more.

According to the reports by local officials, an alarming rate of suicide has been observed in Thar that has a majority of Hindu population.

Aside from the coal-powered plants opened recently, increased death rate because of malnourishment, and lack of essential health facilities, the Thar region (absolutely rich in minerals) is neglected by the government and predominant press.

Other than that, the news of an increasing number of suicide cases is making the rounds these days, people are poisoning themselves, jumping into wells, hanging themselves from whatever they get even trees, and as depressing as it sounds, it is still ignored by the government of Pakistan.

77 suicide cases:

Rendering to the stats, about 77 people committed suicide in the district Tharparkar; whereas, more than 55 people took their lives in district Umerkot till November this year. Tharparkar and Umerkot were separated due to administrative purposes back in the 1990s.

As mentioned by the regional police and various activists, most of the suicide cases weren’t reported as the families of the deceased didn’t allow for it.

The similar statistics have shown that more than 195 people killed themselves last year; while, around 97 people took their lives in 2017.

In February, a bill was passed in the senate that clearly stated that suicide survivors must be provided proper health treatment and shouldn’t be punished. Yet sadly, there hasn’t been any progress and suicide rate is still on the rise.

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