Sucides on the rise in the east

KATHMANDU:Suicides and suicide attempts are increasing by leaps and bounds in the East, reveals a survey carried out recently by Nepal Social Development Association.

The survey conducted in 16 districts of the Eastern Development Region, from August 2008 to February 2009, shows that 241 suicides were committed in 2005. The year 2008 saw the highest number of suicides -- 245.

The survey shows that Jhapa witnessed the highest number of suicides -- 39 males and 12 females killed themselves in the period.

The survey reveals that ethnic groups committed most suicides in the region. Seventy-seven ethnic males and 74 females reportedly committed suicide in Jhapa, mostly by hanging themselves.

"Hanging costs little and takes little time. Only rarely does hanging take another turn and proves murder if investigated," inspector Rabindra Bahadur Singh said.

Suicide, despite being a personal issue, affects the society as a whole. Asked what could be the reason behind this staggering trend, Dr DR Regmi, who had a leading role in the survey, pointed at the cheapness of the ordeal. For a psychological cause, their mental disorder can put them on the brink of suicide.

Emotional break up was also found to play a pivotal role in suicide among youngsters. Around 74 youths, aged between 20 and 30 years, were found to have committed suicide in the region.

Prof Dr Shambhu Ram Simkhada says the research undertaken in the field was negligible while the act affects the society tremendously.