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Pradeep Pattanayak

Increasing cases of suicides reported from different parts of the State have now become a matter of serious concern. What worries psychiatrics, experts, educationists and parents is that most of the victims are students. 

The latest in the list being a Plus III student of Rajendra University in Bolangir whose hanging body was recovered from a rented house at Shantipada in Bolangir Town and a physical education teacher (PET) was found hanging at Inchudi village in Balasore district on Thursday. Yesterday, an engineering student ended her life at Railway Colony in Chandrasekharpur areas in Bhubaneswar

On September 7, a Class X student’s body was found lying near railway tracks near his school in Balasore. 

A few days ago, a nursing student allegedly hanged herself to death inside her hostel room in Airfield police limits area in Bhubaneswar late Sunday evening.

In another case, software engineer Sweta Kumari allegedly hanged herself to death at her apartment after being ‘betrayed’ by her boyfriend Soumyajeet.

In a similar incident, a married woman identified as Subhashree Mohapatra allegedly ended her life by hanging herself inside her house in Shastri Nagar locality of Bhubaneswar.

A POCSO court judge was also found hanging in his official residence at CDA Sector-9 in Cuttack on September 2. 

A recently published National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report has laid bare the gravity of the situation. According to the recently published accidental deaths and suicides in India-2021 report of the NCRB, a total of 5,546 persons in Odisha ended their lives in 2020. In 2021, the number was 5,651 which is a two per cent increase from the previous year. Of the total 5,651 suicidal cases, the number of males is way more than the number of females. In 2021, while a total of 1,239 females committed suicide, 4,412 males ended their lives. On an average, 15 persons commit suicide every day.

Noted psychiatrist Dr Samrat Kar has some suggestions to curb the disturbing trend. 

“There are counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists. Their combine effort can make a difference. Yet, family members and friends have a great role to play in this case. It is they who are to first spot that their children are under mental stress,” said Dr Kar. 

“Another way to put a curb on the tendency is to know what mental pressure is. Students shouldn’t be given more stress than they are capable of,” he opined.

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