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Over 24,000 children committed suicide in last 3 years across India: NCRB report

As per the data released from National Crime Record Bureau, between 2017 and 2019, over 24,000 children have died by committing suicide. Shockingly, among 24,000 victims 4,000 cases are related to exam failure. Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu tops the death list.

Over 24,000 children committed suicide in last 3 years across India: NCRB report-ycb
New Delhi, First Published Aug 2, 2021, 10:53 AM IST

A report by central agency NCRB submitted to parliament has shocking facts related to 24,568 children deaths between the age group of 14 to 18 who committed suicide.

The central government report says that 4,000 children have committed suicide because of unsatisfactory results in exams.

As per the data, out of 24,568 cases, 13,325 victims are girl children.

The report further stated that, in 2017, 8,029 cases, 8168 cases in 2018 and in 2019 8,377 cases were reported.

Three states top suicide list

With 3,115 cases Madhya Pradesh topped the list for children suicide followed by West Bengal 2,802 and Maharasthra 2527 cases and Tamil Nadu reporting 2,035 cases between 2017 to 2019.

The NCRB has reported some of other reasons like love failure, drugs addiction, depression due to the death of loved ones, poverty, depression due to scolding from parents and becoming pregnant before reaching the legal age of marriage for suicide.

The NCRB report comes 2 days after a 13-year-old boy hanged from a ceiling fan after his mother scolded him. The boy was addicted to mobile games and lost Rs 40,000 after he withdrew from his mother's UPI account.

As per experts, the increase in the number of deaths from time to time is worrying and have pitched for counseling from experts, parents and also highlight the importance of the teacher's role in addressing these issues.

"As more cases are related to exam failure, it is important to introduce a chapter in the curriculum to handle failures. After parents, it is teachers who spend more time with children and they have to be trained in this subject of counseling so that they can keep an eye on children's unusual behaviour.The families are disintegrated and children are left to look after themselves, addressing this issue may also help," said Vasudev Sharma, Executive Director, Child Rights Trust. 

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