J&K Records Dip in Suicides in 2019: NCRB

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People were confined to homes for months as the police and paramilitary forces fanned across streets to impose restrictions on public movement

 Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Jammu and Kashmir recorded a 13.9% decrease in suicide deaths in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the latest data on deaths by accidents and suicides for 2019 released by the National Crime Records Bureau.

The data claims 284 people died by suicide in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh in 2019 and the number of suicides per one lakh population was 2.1.

Jammu and Kashmir was under military lockdown for the latter half of 2019 which continued into 2020. The lockdown began in early August when the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated and downgraded the state into Union territories.

The authorities imposed a digital siege, restricting the ability of the people to communicate. People were confined to homes for months as the police and paramilitary forces fanned across streets to impose restrictions on public movement.

The other states and Union territories which also saw a dip in the percentage of suicide deaths were Lakshadweep (100%), Himachal Pradesh (21.1%), Chandigarh (18.1%), Arunachal Pradesh(15.2%).

Bihar fared the worst, reporting a 44.7 % rise in suicides in 2019 over 2018. This was followed by Punjab (37.5%), Daman & Diu (31.4%), Jharkhand (25.0%), Uttarakhand (22.6%) and Andhra Pradesh (21.5%).

The data show that the daily wagers formed the major chunk (23.4%) of distribution of suicide cases in terms of professionals as 66.2 % of suicide victims earned less than Rs 1 lakh in 2019.

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