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Srinagar: 31 people including 15 ladies commit suicide in last 3 years

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At least 123 persons including 58 ladies attempted suicide in the last three years in Kashmir capital Srinagar, reveals official data.

Srinagar Police as per the news agency Kashmir News Trust has revealed that it registered 7 suicide cases from 2020 to 2022 under section 306 (Abetment of suicide) and 118 cases under section 309 (Punishment for those who attempt suicide) in Srinagar city.

For the last 3 years, 31 people including 15 females have ended their lives. Most of the victims from Srinagar ended their lives by jumping into the river Jehlum at different spots in Srinagar.

Psychological experts attribute the escalating nuisance of suicides to the changing social set-up amid a lack of mental and emotional support to the victims falling prey to the lethal trend which has claimed thousands of lives and rendered hundreds of families devastated.

Doctors say that a person commits suicide when he or she reaches the extreme condition of hopelessness. This situation is generally created when a society hankers after materialistic needs.

Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code states that whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with a fine, or with both while Section 306 states that whoever is involved in the abetment of suicide shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

The data revealed by Srinagar Police was in response to an application filed by social activist MM Shuja under the Right to Information Act. [KNT]

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