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Suicide Major Killer in War-Torn Nepal

Suicide is the second leading cause of untimely deaths in Nepal after the Maoist insurgency, with a recent government report showing that on an average, six people in the country end their lives every day. In the past decade, incidents of suicide have shot up sharply. In 1993, just 290 cases of suicides were recorded. According to this year’s annual report of the Attorney General’s Office, 2,329 people committed suicide in the year 2001-02. In the last three years of Maoist insurgency, over 7,500 deaths were reported, of which 6,800 were suicide-related. Economic recession, transformation of the family system in urban areas and uncertainty created by growing violence in the rural hinterland, are the major reasons that drive Nepalese to commit suicide. Full Story

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