Suicide and society in India

Peter Mayer, Clare Bradley, Della Steen, Tahereh Ziaian

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Abstract

In India about 123,000 people take their own lives each year, the second highest total in the world. There is a suicide death in India almost every 4 minutes, and it is the leading cause of death for rural Indians especially women in early adulthood. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of suicide in India based on original research as well as existing studies, and looks at the issue in an international, sociological and historical context. The author looks at the reliability of suicide data in India, and goes on to discuss various factors relating to suicide, including age, gender, education and marriage. Among its findings, the book exposes a hidden youth suicide 'crisis' in India which is argued to be far more serious than the better known crisis of farmer suicides. The book dispels many myths that are commonly associated with suicide, and highlights a neglected public health problem. Suicide in the region of Pondicherry is looked at in detail, as well as in the Indian Diaspora. This book is a useful contribution to South Asian Studies, as well as studies in Mental Health and Sociology.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages258
ISBN (Print)0203840089, 9780203840085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Mayer, P., Bradley, C., Steen, D., & Ziaian, T. (2010). Suicide and society in India. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203840085