A total of 12,988 persons committed suicide in Kerala during the past 20 months, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

The number of persons committing suicide was on an increase, Pinarayi said, adding that out of the total persons who ended life, 2,946 were women and 401 children. The Chief Minister, however, did not disclose the details of the previous years.

A total of 850 persons ended life due to indebtedness and financial problems, the CM said in a written reply to M Vincent (Congress). Due to illness 2,325 persons ended life, he pointed out.

Records revealed that family problem was the major cause for suicides, Pinarayi said, adding 4,178 persons were in this list.

(With PTI inputs)