Ludhiana noticed suicide a day throughout lockdown

Nikhil Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, August 2

Tejas Taneja, 27, of Haibowal had a promising future forward of him with an honest non-public job and a mushrooming marble stone enterprise of his father.

The Covid-induced lockdown, nonetheless, rocked his boat arduous. The enterprise was affected, so was his job. Unable to place up with cash lenders who stored knocking at their door at odd hours, he dedicated suicide early July.

Tejas’ case is just not an aberration. As many as 120 individuals have ended their lives from April 1 to July 31, a median of 1 suicide per day, within the metropolis because of the lockdown affect. In distinction, throughout the pre-lockdown interval, 61 suicides had been reported between January 1 and March 31, i.e. one suicide each alternate day.

Seek assist: Police

Our helpline numbers ‘1091’ and 78370-18555 may be reached by anybody experiencing indicators of despair. We will organize a counselling session for them. Rakesh Agrawal, Police commissioner, Ludhiana

A majority of those was triggered by monetary crunch because of job/enterprise loss or marital/property dispute, and despair, say senior police officers. Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal says there was an increase within the instances of despair throughout the lockdown. “But post-lockdown, the suicide rate has fallen. It was less than 20 cases in July,” he says. “Financial trouble remains an underlying factor in a majority of cases where marital or property dispute seems to be the initial cause,” says an official. Police information counsel the following of kin of their assertion to the police have cited monetary loss as the principle purpose for suicide.

Depressing development

  • Pre-lockdown Suicides Jan 1-March 31: 61
  • lockdown Suicides April 1-July 31: 120

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