Suicides a grim reality of J&K, cover story 17 June,2024

Suicides a grim reality of J&K
News Kashmir Analysis
Suicides once thought very alien thing in  the valley of Kashmir,  since some years are now  happening on regular instances. In recent times we have heard about lot of suicides happening in our region.
According to prominent Knowledge source Wikipedia, suicide  is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Mental disorders (including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders), physical disorders (such as chronic fatigue syndrome), and substance abuse (including alcoholism and the use of and withdrawal from benzodiazepines) are risk factors. Some suicides are impulsive acts due to stress (such as from financial or academic difficulties), relationship problems (such as breakups or divorces), or harassment and bullying.Those who have previously attempted suicide are at a higher risk for future attempts. Effective suicide prevention efforts include limiting access to methods of suicide such as firearms, drugs, and poisons; treating mental disorders and substance abuse; careful media reporting about suicide; and improving economic conditions.
Recently, a teenage
herself to death in her home at Harwan area of Srinagar late on Thursday, 13 June evening, officials said.
An 18 year old boy hailing from Dassal village of Rajouri allegedly committed suicide by hanging with the ceiling of his house.
The deceased was identified as the  resident of Dassal.
Numbers and figures are grim.
Jammu and Kashmir topped the country in attempted suicides in 2022, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed.  Against 1769 instances recorded by the Bureau during the year across India, 497 were reported from Jammu and Kashmir alone.
It is heartbreaking The entire country, in the meanwhile, is witnessing an increase in the number of cases in which the abetment to suicide is taking place. Against 8816  cases in 2020 and 9361 such cases in 2021, the number in 2022 reached 9400. In the Jammu and Kashmir context, there were only 44 cases of abetment to suicide involving 56 persons.
We are very well aware that,
Suicide is death caused by injuring oneself with the intent to die. A suicide attempt is when someone harms themselves with any intent to end their life, but they do not die as a result of their actions. Many factors can increase the risk for suicide or protect against it.
Kashmir valley was once known for its pious value system ,termed as the abode of Sufi saints.
The phenomenon of suicides was once very uncommon in Kashmir but the graph of suicides has now run north too in recent times. Actually, we need to understand the reasons behind rising suicides in holistic terms to solve this menace.