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Sikkim: 14-year old commits suicide in Gangtok after being denied Rs 500 by mother

A 14-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging at Tathangchen in Gangtok. The incident occurred on July 4. According to police, the boy hanged himself in a jungle near his home after his mother refused to him Rs 500 to celebrate the birthday of his friend.

“Since the mother did not have the money she gave Rs 500 Since the amount of money was very less, the deceased boy left the house aggressively and walked towards the nearby jungle of his house,” said the police sources.

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He was reading in class VII in a government school near his house.

Earlier, in Assam, a 15-year-old student, who did not have a smartphone to attend online classes, was found dead in Chirang district in Assam, police said.

The body of the youth, a student of class X of Tukrajhar Higher Secondary School, was found hanging to a tree branch near his house at Salbari village under Runikhata Police Station in the district. Police recovered a suicide note in Bodo language from the incident spot.

Also read: Assam: Class X student deprived of attending online classes commits suicide

Suicides in India

In 2016 the number of suicides in India had increased to 230,314. Suicide was the most common cause of death in both the age groups of 15–29 years and 15–39 years.

About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population. Between 1987 and 2007, the suicide rate increased from 7.9 to 10.3 per 100,000, with higher suicide rates in southern and eastern states of India.[6] In 2012, Tamil Nadu (12.5% of all suicides), Maharashtra (11.9%) and West Bengal (11.0%) had the highest proportion of suicides.[4] Among large population states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had the highest suicide rates per 100,000 people in 2012. The male to female suicide ratio has been about 2:1.

Estimates for number of suicides in India vary. For example, a study published in The Lancet projected 187,000 suicides in India in 2010, while official data by the Government of India claims 134,600 suicides in the same year.

According to WHO data, the age standardized suicide rate in India is 16.4 per 100,000 for women (6th highest in the world) and 25.8 for men (ranking 22nd).

Post lockdown, there has been instances of lot of suicides due to ailing mental health concerns.

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