Tuesday July 23, 2019

Suicides due to economic reasons go up in Sri Lanka

Jul 08, 2019 07:05 AM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Though family disputes, failed love affairs and suffering from chronic disorders are seen as the main reasons for suicide in Sri Lanka, deaths attributed to economic reasons have picked up over the last three years, a police report said.

In 2018, 3,281 persons have committed suicide, slightly up from 3,263 in 2017. A police reported attributed 591 deaths to family disputes and harassment of by the wife or husband. Another 288 had killed themselves over disappointment in love.

The majority of suicide victims were male, except among students, where girls outnumbered boys.

Police attributed 419 suicides to chronic disease and physical suffering (up from 379 in 2017) and another 337 to psychological disorders.

Suicides due to economic reasons (poverty, loans) had gone up to 238 in 2018 from 195 in 2017 and 156 in 2016.

About 1,155 people committing suicide were unemployed.

Workers in agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and conservation of forests were the largest group with 511 suicides. Workers in production and technical fields came next with 158 deaths.

Suicide among salesmen had also risen to 118 in 2018, from 11 in 2017 and 83 in 2015. (Colombo/Jul08/2019)



  1. sacre blieu July 08, 08:47 AM

    Ironical is it not. Not only these types of suicides , but the narcotics issue is still remains as it is, if not worse. How long does an officer of the law has to wait for his rewards for his dedication towards fighting crime and drugs in particular. Going by the statistics of cases filed and those waiting for prosecution, and the few successful ones, they would have to wait perhaps till their carrier comes to an end. Partners in progress?

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