According to government data, over 24,000 children in the age group of 14-18 years have committed suicide in the two years from 2017 to 2019. Of these, more than 4,000 such cases have been reported due to failure in the examination. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has recently presented data on child suicides in Parliament.
According to the data, 24,568 children, including 13,325 girls in the age group of 14-18 years, died by suicide between 2017-19. In 2017, 8,029 children in the age group of 14-18 died by suicide. This number increased to 8,162 in 2018 and then increased to 8,377 in 2019.
Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of suicide deaths among children in this age group at 3,115, followed by West Bengal at 2,802, Maharashtra at 2,527 and Tamil Nadu at 2,035.
Highest number of suicides due to failure in examination
According to the data, failure in examination was cited as the reason behind the suicide of 4,046 children. At the same time, a matter related to marriage was said to be behind the suicide of 639 children, including 411 girls. Around 3,315 children committed suicide due to reasons related to love affair, while illness was cited as the reason behind the suicides of 2,567 children. Physical abuse was cited as the cause of death of 81 children.
Child rights activists have called for the inclusion of life skills training in the school curriculum and making mental health a part of the mainstream health and wellness agenda, warning of the possibility of the situation worsening due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Often commit suicide out of impulse’
Pooja Marwah, CEO of Cry-Child Rights & You said, “In young children, suicide attempts are often impulsive. They can be associated with sadness, confusion, anger, stress or problems with attention and hyperactivity. In adolescents, Suicide attempts can be associated with stress, self-doubt, pressure to be successful, financial uncertainty, hopelessness, depression and feelings of loss. For some teens, suicide may seem to be the solution to their problems.”
He told PTI, “We believe that all children and adolescents have a right to quality mental health care and psycho-social support mechanisms. Ensuring their mental well-being will help them grow to their full potential and become essential members of society.” can be found.”