SHOCKING REPORT: 173 child suicides in Kerala since lockdown

A shocking study reveals that there have been 173 deaths by suicide of children since the beginning of the lockdown, according to a government committee report. Mental stress was the cause for most of the suicides, it said.

The report was submitted to the government by a committee headed by fire force chief R Sreelekha, which was set up to study suicides by children in the state.

The study was based on the figures from the beginning of the lockdown on March 23 till this month. The highest number of suicides were reported in Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Wayanad and Alappuzha districts. Suicides are more common in children between the ages of 10 and 18 years, the study found.

Disappointments, loneliness, family quarrels, mobile-internet overuse, love failure, and parental abuse are among the other main causes, besides stress, for such suicides. There are 41 cases in which the cause could not be ascertained. Most of the children who committed suicide had excelled in their studies.

Among those who ended lives due to depression after being reprimanded by parents, most were boys. Fear of failing in exams and sexual harassment are the main reasons for girls’ suicide. About 41 per cent of those who died by suicide are higher secondary students.

Courtesy: Manorama Online