Family problem has emerged as the top cause of suicide in the year 2020 and has also been on the top cause in the past. The NCRB suicide data indicates that married men are major victims of the suicide.
India has recorded highest suicide (51,477) due to ‘Family Problem’, out of which 35333 were male and 16140 were female, in year 2020.
The figures also indicate a significant increase in the number of suicides in the country during this decade (2010-2020) which has recorded an increase of 13.7% from 134599 in 2010 to 153052 in 2020.
In ‘Family problem’, an increase of 61.6% from 31856 in 2010 to 51477 in 2020 has been recorded. In gender wise comparison from 2010 and 2020, males registered an increase of 78.19% while females registered an increase of 34.18%.
The NCRB data indicates that, the proportion of the male victims were more in ‘Family Problem’. The overall male-female ratio of suicide victim for the year 2020 was 70.9 : 29 and 70.2 : 29.8 in year 2019, which is more as compared to year 2018 (68.5: 31.5).
Overall the the male suicide ratio has been almost double in comparison of the female suicide in most of the reports, however there is no such a big gap in population ratio.
Family Problem has been the top cause of suicide since long
Increasing tendency to commit suicide can be seen due to ‘Family Problem’. The cause has alone accounted to 33.63% suicide in year 2020 while it accounted 23.7% suicide in 2010 and 32.4% in 2019.
Most of the suicide victims were married, and Men are the major victims
In 2010, it was observed that 69.2% of the suicide victims were married while 22.8% were unmarried. Similarly in year 2019, it was observed that 66.7% (92,757 out of 1,39,123) of the suicide victims were married while 23.6% were un-married (32,852).
Voice of Activists working for Mens Rights (MRA)
Most of the MRAs said that the government is not taking the deaths seriously and has left the men to their fate to survive.
Following questions were put-up to our team when we asked their opinion as follows;
- whether the Government are compiling the suicide data which NCRB is publishing every year;
- if so, then what are the action plan of government to stop suicide due to ‘family problem’;
- whether our Government has issued any guidelines since 2010, to track such death caused due to ‘family problem’ and to mitigate the situation;
- whether Government has considered establishing death of men as an issue;