Suicide rate increasing sharply in far-western region

Dipayal, April 22

As many as 443 persons committed suicide in the far-western region in the last one year. Of them 232 were male and 211 female, according to the Far-western Regional Police Office, Dipayal.

In all these cases, hanging from the ceiling was found to be the most common way of committing suicide. It was also found that most of the suicides took place in the Tarai areas.

More suicide cases were reported in Kailali compared to other districts like Kanchanpur, Achham, Doti, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Darchula and Bajura. Most of those who committed suicide in Darchula had jumped into the river.

Police claimed that the main cause behind the rise in suicide cases was extreme poverty.

DSP Binod Basyal of Far-western Regional Police Office, Dipayal, said most people committed suicide due to extreme poverty. He further added that people were unhappy due to unemployment, poverty and hopelessness.

The regional police office also informed that more than 90 per cent of people who committed suicide were below 40 years of age.

Meanwhile, police have planned to take initiatives to minimise suicide cases in coordination with civil society.