Thimphu: A worrying recent trend is the increasing rate of suicide among men, a trend not much seen among women.
Though separate figures were not complied with the police on how many men so far had committed suicide but it was confirmed that the men topped the list.
This year till September, a total of 15 men have committed suicide while 10 women killed themselves and five by the children.
Thimphu was the highest with the 11 suicide cases, followed by Samtse with four cases and three each from Sarpang and Trashiyangtse.
In 2001, 58 people committed suicide while in 2005 it was 38 and last year, 50 people committed suicide. This year till September, 30 suicide cases were reported with Police.
A total of eight attempts to commit suicide were reported in Thimphu this year till September.
Recently a man tried to kill himself in one of the hotel room in the capital by consuming different kind of medicines but fortunately he survived after he was taken to the hospital on time. The reason for committing suicide was due to family problem.The higher suicide rate among men is a worldwide phenomenon.
The reasons why men are more likely to kill themselves than women are complex and ill-understood.
But however, a police officer said: “We cannot specific the reason for those who commit as the reason for committing suicide depends upon each individual and both man and woman have different reasons to commit suicide. Though it is easier for the man to commit suicide and have guts to do that but for woman it is very difficult. They think twice before committing suicide.”
“Depression, substances abuse, alcohol, family problem, poor family background and mental problem are some reasons which attribute to commit suicide,” the officer added.
The victims generally fell within the age bracket of 17-82 years old, most were between the age group of 20 to 50 years.
In 1998, the World Health Organization ranked suicide as the 12 leading cause of death worldwide.
Suicide cases reported from 20 Dzongkhag (w.e.f 2010 Jan –Sept)