140 suicides by youngsters in 6 months: SHRC seeks report from Kerala govt on prevention measures

Thiruvananthapuram, September 15

At least 140 youngsters killed themselves in Kerala for trivial causes within the final six months, a research mentioned, prompting the state Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to direct the Social Justice Department to look at the effectiveness of its suicide prevention measures.

In his path to the Director of the division on Monday, SHRC chairman Antony Dominic additionally sought a report on the initiatives taken to stop suicide by children.

“As per a complaint received by the panel, a study conducted by DISHA, an NGO, shows that at least 140 youngsters in the age group of 13 to 18 had committed suicide during the period of January 2020 to June 2020,” a fee launch mentioned.

The research mentioned that household disputes, troubled amorous affairs, failure in examinations, points over cell phones, two-wheelers have been among the many main causes for the suicides.

“Thiruvananthapuram district has the highest number of suicides with 22 youngsters having taken the extreme step, followed by Malappuram with 20 suicides,” the SHRC mentioned.

The grievance mentioned that the ineffectiveness of “village child protection councils” has resulted within the rising variety of suicides amongst children.

The launch mentioned the SHRC requested the Social Justice Department to evaluation the effectiveness of the suicide prevention measures being taken up by it and sought a report.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had in July mentioned cases of suicidal tendencies have been being witnessed amongst youngsters and termed it as an “extremely serious social issue”.

“Since March 25, when the national lockdown was imposed, 66 children, below 18 years of age, have ended their lives due to various reasons,” Vijayan had mentioned.

To assist the kids dealing with points referring to psychological pressures, ‘Chiri’ a tele-counselling service was initiated by the federal government underneath its Our Responsibility to Children Programme (ORC), a deliberate neighborhood intervention that connects with youngsters and younger folks between the age of 12 -18 years.    

The well being division had launched “Ottakalla Oppamund” (You are usually not alone, we’re with you) programme to assist youngsters dealing with any type of psychological misery and to cease the suicidal tendencies amongst them.

A committee headed by Fire and Rescue Services DGP R Sreelekha had additionally been constituted to conduct a research on suicides by youngsters within the state. PTI


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