CHENNAI: A total of 216 men who were also drug addicts or into substance abuse committed suicide in Chennai in 2014, which was more than 25 percent of all such suicides recorded in 53 of India’s major cities. This startling detail was revealed in the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
This is more than double the number of drug abuse related suicides recorded in the city in 2013 (101), which was also the maximum among all cities in that year. Curiously, Chennai recorded 0 drug abuse related suicides in 2012.
It might be recalled that City Express had recently documented how snorting cocaine had caught the fancy of the upwardly mobile youth in the city, aside from marijuana users and other drug users.
The NCRB data also reveals that Chennai’s pedestrian crossings are the second most dangerous in the country after Kolkata, with 206 lives lost in road accidents at these places. In fact, nearly one in every 10 road accidents across 53 cities across India occur at pedestrian crossings, reveals the ADSI 2014 data, where this analysis has been made for the first time.
Along with pedestrian crossings, a number of people were killed near educational institutions like schools and colleges in Chennai, again the top city in the country in such road accident deaths. A total of 108 people died in rural and urban areas near educational institutions in the city in 2014, the NCRB data revealed.
2014: 216 (all male)
Road accident deaths near pedestrian crossing: 206
Deaths near educational institutions: 108 (40 rural + 58 urban)