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Mizoram records 53 suicides this year

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AIZAWL: At least 53 people, including 15 women, have committed suicide in Mizoram during this year, from January one till day, according to police records.

Of these, 47 cases took place in Aizawl district, the sources said.

Majority of those who committed suicide were between the ages of 20 to 30.

The increase in the incidences of suicide in Mizoram, especially in Aizawl district and the capital Aizawl city, was described by the law enforcement officials, social workers and psychiatrists as disturbing and alarming .

Police sources said an average of more than two cases of suicide occurred every week in Aizawl district, having a population of barely four lakh (2011 census).

A majority of those who commit suicide are from Aizawl city, having a population of around 2.5 lakh only, a police official said.

During the last three-and-a-half-year, NeLICs had interviewed 1,400 people with suicidal tendency, from which it found that in 31 cases mental depression was the major cause. There was a recent case of suicide in Aizawl which was caused by extreme poverty.

Love affairs and sex problems was the second biggest reason among the youths, with 23 per cent of the interviewed subscribing to the view.Failed marriage (17 per cent), drugs and family problem (16) and joblessness (13) were the other problems contributing to the tendency.

About 55 per cent of the interviewed were aged between 10-30, while 35 per cent were aged between 31 and 50, 10 per cent of them aged between 51 and 70, NeLICs statement said.(UNI)

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