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DNMUM396300 | 9/10/2017 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :1721

Going by WHO statistics, over 23 people might kill themselves in the 15 minutes you take to read this piece. On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, Yogesh Pawar looks at where India stands in suicide intervention vis-a-vis the world

When it began raining, he hoped his bajra crop would help him repay debts built up over the last three crop failures, but little did Rajendra Singh of Bakara village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district know that drought in his region would lead to the withering of this year’s crop too. Unable to face local money lenders he owed, he committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on the bund outlining his dried up field on August 27.

Nearly 1,100 km south-west, Vapi resident Vallabh Patel is still numbed by his 29-year-old son Rajesh’s suicide on August 31. “He was driven to it,” weeps the septuagenarian. His newly married daughter-in-law Roopal wanted Rajesh to move to Daman, her hometown, without h
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