Karachi: 113 suicides in city during 2008
KARACHI: At least 113 people committed suicide in different parts of Karachi during the past year. According to data compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the figure comprised of 93 men and 20 women with reasons behind their decision including poverty, unemployment, social injustice and domestic problems. Though the number remained lower than 2005, when around 142 suicides were reported, it was higher than the 98 suicides in 2006 and 95 in 2007. After the collection of this data, the total number of suicides from 2005 to 2008 accumulates to 448.
According to the data, a lesser number of women, as compared to the past three years, took this extreme step in 2008, as 25 women had committed suicide in 2007, 39 in 2006 and 36 in 2005. There were no child suicides in 2008, although, according to HRCP data, three children committed suicide in 2007, one in 2006 and 19 in 2005.
Moreover, at least 211 persons have attempted suicide in the city over the past four years, with the number of females and children in this figure being 85 and four, respectively. The year 2005 also remained the worst on this count, as more persons attempted suicide in 2005 than any of the other three. According to statistics, some 109 people, including 47 women and one child, attempted suicide during 2005, while in 2006, at least 42 people, including 12 women and three children tried to end their lives. A total of 22 people attempted suicide in 2007, with the number of men and women being 11 each.
The number of attempted suicides in 2008 remained at 38, including 23 males and 15 females.
Unfortunately, the HRCP does not have any records of suicides in other parts of Sindh where, according to reports, the numbers are much higher than Karachi.