INDIA: Suicides a major cause of deaths among the youth

A recent British study has revealed suicide as one of India’s leading causes of death, especially among the young.  In the first national study of deaths in India recently published in the British medical journal The Lancet,  data show that about 40 percent of suicides were recorded by men and about 56 percent by women.  People in the 15-29 age group are more likely to take the extreme step, the study noted, making suicide the second leading cause of death among young Indians.  The rate was particularly high among well-educated young people in more affluent southern states, the study found.

Lead author of the study Vikram Patel of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that at least 187,000 people committed suicide in India in 2010.

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