Suicides due to economic reasons go up in Sri Lanka

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. 

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