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Suicides gripping Indore

Monday - October 8, 2018 1:44 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- In just nine months of this year, at least 200 cases of suicide have been reported in the city of Indore. The reasons behind the suicides are as varied as they are weird.

At least 10 students committed suicide in the city this year due to exam pressure, while 12 youngsters died due to minor tiffs with family members. At least 14 persons died frustrated by chronic illnesses while another 10 sacrificed their lives due to unremitted love or illicit relations. Nine people killed selves due to the burden of loan, while extortion fear took the lives of 15. The rest about 140 people died due to depression, addiction, unemployment and other unknown reasons.

The disturbing trend is further made worrisome by the fact that of all those who committed suicide in the 9-month period, at least 70 per cent were youth. Call it changes in lifestyle pressure patterns or waning resilience and capability of the youth to face the harsh realities of life, such large number of suicide by the youth underlines a major flaw in our social system and a widening rift between the happy and the unhappy, the haves and the have-nots, between the privileged and the deprived.

Though suicides happen in all stratum and sections of society, the reasons are widely different. What is, however, common in all classes today is the lack of quality family time. People’s aspirations are as high as their ambitions are unrealistic, and to achieve those, they outpace their capabilities and requirements in the mad rush to excel.

Contentment gets ever elusive and the hankering for more money and a still better life, creates an unseen psychological pressure to perform better and do more, even if that means immense mental and physical drain. This constant stress eventually leads to a breakdown and disconnects a person from his family, obliterating from his view the realities of life around him. His perceptions and objectives change as he compulsively jostles for space to survive in the hard-fought competition to succeed. To balance this off, there is little scope for recreation or personal space in his life. The person’s family life gets fraught with dissentions and alienation and at the end of the day, he ends up feeling lonely, and depression builds up. This is true not just for white collar workers but also for students and businessmen under pressure. The lack here is of family time and support and the essential ‘me time’ to think, introspect, create, improvise and relax.

People need to find space for themselves and leave the professional world outside that space. That is the only way to unwind and have a balanced life. One must realise that life is big and wonderful even beyond the 9 am to 6 pm job; that life can be meaningful even beyond the obsessive craze for 90 per cent result. And one must also realise that success is not bagging a gold medal, it is a subjective appreciation of how rich and fulfilled one ‘feels’.

-Window To News
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