A bench of Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Bose made the observation while setting aside an order of the Madras High Court which upheld conviction of a man for the offence under Section 306.
While 67 suicide cases were reported every month till August-end this year, the average monthly figures in 2020 and 2019 were 60 and 56, respectively.
Though the reasons for resorting to such extreme steps vary, one common factor is that families of those suicide victims are left in the lurch.
Awareness is key to prevent suicides and early identification of ‘red flags’ can help in sending an individual to counselling/therapy.
Emile Durkheim proposed that the risk of suicide in a population increases when the social context fails to provide a healthy sense of purpose or belonging