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The Increasing Suicide Rate in India

According to the data released by The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), suicide rate in India is increasing alarmingly. In 2021, the total death by suicide in the country was 1, 64, 033 which is 7.2% more than the previous year. This is the highest ever recorded number of suicides in the country, ever since reporting began in 1967.

Further, it has been revealed that of these cases, 50.4% are from five states, that is Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Karnataka. 72.5% are male suicides which also increased from the previous year.

The major reasons for these suicides are found to be physical ailments, academic failures, relationship issues, and financial struggles. However, the report also points out that addictions to drugs and alcohol as well as untreated mental illness aggravate the issues.

The officials are alarmed at the increasing rate of suicides by the young and productive population of the country and called upon the authorities to frame a better national policy on suicide prevention.
What a pathetic condition of a country that is often projected as the perfect example for the world! But the reality is distressing.

Education, wealth, and culture are not enough to give man peace of mind. The only place a sinful person can find peace of heart is at the feet of Christ. Confession, forgiveness, and cleansing of sin are wonderful experiences that a true believer can enjoy. Further, this opens the floodgates to unspeakable joy and comfort in the Lord, which the world will never fully comprehend (Isaiah 30:15; Matthew 6: 25 – 34; 11: 28, 29; Philippians 4: 6, 7).



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