Thiruvananthapuram Tops in Suicides in State - The New Indian Express

Thiruvananthapuram Tops in Suicides in State

Published: 21st January 2014 12:53 PM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 07:43 PM

When it comes to taking one’s own life, more people have done so in Thiruvananthapuram than in any other district in the state during the past two years. Capital Thiruvananthapuram has this dubious distinction, according to data on suicides presented in the State Assembly on Monday.

 Of the 16,753 suicides reported across the state between January 1, 2012, and December 22, 2013, the southern-most district accounted for 2,720. Rural Thiruvananthapuram was more ‘suicide-prone’, as per the data presented by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala in a written reply. As many as 2,043 people committed suicide in the rural areas during this period compared to 677 in the city limits. During 2012 and 2013, 1,360 suicides each were reported respectively in the district.

 Kollam district is in second place with 2,090 suicides, followed by agrarian Thrissur (1,749) and Palakkad (1,534). In all, 1,085 people took the extreme step in 2012 in Kollam, compared to 1,005 in 2013. Northern-most Kasargod recorded the lowest number at 483. Wayanad, which has the lowest population among the districts, recorded 590 suicides. The Railways also reported 11 suicides during the two-year period.

 However, the data presented in the House did not specify reasons. Relatively, the southern-most districts tended to have the higher number of suicides, going by this particular set of data.

 Another interesting point is that men are more suicide-prone than women, going by the numbers. In all, 12,887 men took their own lives during the past two years compared to 3,866 women. As many as 6,391 men and 2,061 women  committed suicide in 2012 and 6,496 men and 1,805 women in 2013, according to the data.

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