Stress takes toll
Jamshedpur : The suicide graph is climbing in Steel City with figures showing an alarming trend. Despite efforts to curb the menace as many as 208 persons committed suicide in the city till December first week. A total of 208 suicide cases have taken places in the steel city since January 1 this year.
M. Ram, the director of suicide prevention centre Jeevan, said till November-end 191 people had executed their death wish, 33 of them students. “Of these 33, 65 per cent were girls. This generation is emotional beyond reason. Parents must learn to handle children issues more delicately,” Ram added.
In February, Tata Steel had funded a Jeevan campaign for school students. Billboards with helpline numbers were displayed near campuses for the troubled minds.
Very recently a 42-year-old entrepreneur committed by hanging at his workshop-cum-house on Club Road under Parsudih police station area. The deceased, Ashish Chakraborty, was the only son of his family and preferred to commit suicide on a day which was coincidentally his marriage anniversary day.
The mother and daughter shouted for help, leading the neighbours to rush to the spot before Ashish was taken to a doctor’s house near by. The doctor declared him as brought dead.
Ashish had a workshop of leth machines and he would supply hardware materials to Tata Motors ancilliary units in Adityapur.
City based suicide prevention center Jeevan, has informed that the past year has been testing year for the Steel city with an average of one person ending life abruptly on every alternative day.
“In 2010 the numbers were 200 in 2011 it was 2006 and now in 2012 in is 208. The numbers are increasing. We have decided to approach district administration to take effective steps to curb this phenomenon,” said an official of Jeevan.
According to data collected by Jeevan, in 2007 167 people committed suicide, 2008 173 in 2009 the figures reduced to 136 people but in 2010 the graph rose to 200 and is further climbing.
“Teenagers are particularly sensitive to social and economic problems that affect their families. It hurts their psyche to see parents struggling to meet both ends and unable to buy those things they’d like to have,” said Prakash Sharma a social worker.