Lakshmi Vijayakumar

in Suicide in Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099425
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207431 | DOI:

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This chapter provides an epidemiological profile of suicide in India. Over 100,000 people commit suicide every year in India. The suicide rate increased in 1982 by 64% from between 6 and 7 per 100,000 to between 10 and 11 per 100,000 in 2002. The male-female ratio is consistently low at 1.5 to 1. About 38% of suicides in India are committed by persons below 30 years of age. Poisoning, hanging, and self-immolation were the common methods used to commit suicide.

Keywords: suicide; India; poisoning; hanging; self-immolation

Chapter.  3679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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