Kolkata: A staggering number of people have committed suicide in the country. From celebrities to ordinary people, everyone has their name on the suicide list. Some people have left a note before committing suicide.

Autopsy reports reveal the real reason for committing suicide. However, 32.4% of suicides are committed in the country due to family issues. The number of suicides is increasing almost every year.

 According to the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau), Maharashtra has the highest number of suicides in the country. It is followed by Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The fourth and fifth-ranked states are Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

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In the case of the metropolis, however, Kolkata is not at the forefront. According to reports, Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai have the highest number of suicides.

Compared to 2018, the number of suicides has increased in 2019 in all the three metropolises except Bengaluru. However, Asansol has the second-highest number of suicides among urban areas in the country. The report also states that there were 72 suicide cases reported in the country in 2019.

In a year, the number of suicides in the country has increased by 3.4%. This statistic is given according to the information published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Compared to 2018, this percentage has increased in terms of 2019 statistics. Comparing with the numbers, more than 5,000 people have committed suicide in the country in 2019 as compared to 2018.

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While family reasons are the main cause for the extreme step, about 10% of suicides have no known cause. The highest number of suicides occurred among the age group of 18-30. Report states that majority of people who commit suicide have an educational qualification till 12th standard.

On the other hand, Sujit Sarkhel, a teacher-physician at the Institute of Psychiatry in Kolkata, said, “The NCRB report relies on the police. In most cases, the police investigating officer identifies in his report the apparent reason for suicide. The root cause is often not known because police officers do not have psychological training.”