New Delhi: Is the mounting burden of responsibilities driving men to the end of their tether? Numbers suggest so.
In India, one married man commits suicide every nine minutes. Of the total 125,017 cases of suicide in 2008, married men alone ac-counted for 57,639. While the number of women taking the extreme step did not lag far behind, men appeared more vulnerable to mounting social and economic pressures. In the case of women, the trigger was more emotional and personal.
The overall male-female ratio of suicide victims for the year 2008 was 64:36, according to the latest data of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). The general scene is much grimmer.
The NCRB data showed youngsters were more susceptible to suicides. Youths in the age group 15-29 years (35.7 percent) and lower middle-aged people in 30-44 age groups (34.8 percent) were the prime groups taking the extreme step.
Family problems (23.8 percent) and illness (21.9 percent) were found to be the major causes of suicides besides love affairs (3.0 percent), bankruptcy, dowry dispute and poverty (2.4 percent each) being other reasons. In fact, suicides due to illness, drug abuse/addiction, and poverty have shown an increasing trend.
Family problems, failure in examination and illness were driving children to the brink. There were 2,381 cases in this category. Family problems have also driven 10,027 youths (15-29 years), 11,363 lower middle-aged people (30-44 years) and 6,143 upper middle-aged persons (45-59 years) to commit suicide. Suicides among senior citizens were mainly due to illness.