1,778 committed suicide this year: Police

2012-09-14 13:05:50

In a shocking disclosure, police said so far this year some 1,778 suicides had been reported to have taken place in Sri Lanka. Police said among them were 41 boys and 77 girls below the age of 16 and 397 women.

According to reports the highest number of people who were reported to have committed suicide was between the ages of 40 and 55.

Police cited the break-up of love affairs and marriages, addiction to drugs and alcohol, family disputes, mental disorder and the death of loved ones as some of the common reasons for committing suicide.

Police Headquarters said according to the data they had, nearly 3,864 people had committed suicide in 2010 while last year it was 3,770.

Several volunteer organizations with the help of the police have taken steps to rehabilitate people who are depressed, lonely and helpless or suffer from suicidal tendencies.

Police anyone found guilty of having influenced another to commit suicide would be charged under the Penal Code and is liable to be sentenced to death.(Supun Dias)

  Comments - 15

  • CommonMan Friday, 14 September 2012 14:34

    Poor Souls..!!

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    Sonali De Silva . Friday, 14 September 2012 17:05

    Our doctor King is also going to join the 1778 very soon. Hope it will be sooner than later.

    Reply : 1       19

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 14 September 2012 17:28

    Thank you Golden Key and Shakthi....

    Reply : 0       9

    raymond Friday, 14 September 2012 17:55

    The total will be 1779 assuming Dr. Mervyn Silva will do what he said??

    Reply : 1       16

    perera Saturday, 15 September 2012 05:19


    Reply : 1       3

    Brampy Friday, 14 September 2012 18:02

    It is sad to hear this news. I am sure a good number of these suicides is due to rising cost of living and people finding difficult to make ends meet. This reason is not given in the above news release due to obvious reasons.

    Reply : 0       9

    Sid Friday, 14 September 2012 19:48

    Suicide amongst the Muslim community in Sri Lanka is almost non existant. A topic for case study

    Reply : 0       2

    Sid Friday, 14 September 2012 20:02

    Suicide amongst the Muslim community in Sri Lanka is almost non existant. A topic for case study

    Reply : 0       0

    Hamdan Saturday, 15 September 2012 05:24

    This including disappearances?

    Reply : 1       3

    kaputakukula Saturday, 15 September 2012 05:44

    We are in the 9th month of this year and 1778 suicide recorded (how many not recorded?).This means....
    Each month ---- approx. 197 suicide, this means...
    Each day --- approx. 7 suicide, this means....
    According to chinthana... We are doing well; Economy at its hight; Democracy flourishing; Sri Lanka is truly the Miracle of Asia.

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    sunila mendis Saturday, 15 September 2012 09:51

    Suicides? Never was there so many suicides taking place in SL.2010--3864
    118 were children below 16 years.A break down by ethnicity and religion would be good for a sociological study.In the late 90' a commitee with senior UniversityPsychiatrics,Pschologists, Educationists and Sociologists were appointed by the then President to delve into the problem and propose solutions. The commitee did some solid work and proposed solutions and they were monitored until there was a drop in the rate of suicides.If the Govt is interested ,these files are available in the President's office.

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 15 September 2012 10:45

    At the rate things are going, every one will have to commit suicide very soon leaving only the government politicians tand their hangers-on o live in this country/.

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    jay Saturday, 15 September 2012 10:59

    Teenage love failures along with family discords are major reasons of suicides,like in developed countries govt mus take steps to handle the mental health of the people.

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    Hamzie - Qatar Sunday, 16 September 2012 06:57

    The Bottom line is Poverty..
    It’s a vicious cycle, If the breadwinner cannot afford to look after his/her family. The end result is suicide. How many people are in search for foreign employment? People risk all their life to get out of the country for better life for their loved once.

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    conty Sunday, 16 September 2012 08:56

    A person that commit suicide has guts to do it knowing full well this is the end. But it is a sad end to a person who does it in desperation, life has no meaning to them when the silent killer comes by way of depression. This is a national disgrace for sure, be it a teenager or a grown up person the result leaves behind family effected by trauma and may follow in the steps of the victim. Economic statistics are cooked up to show a good image, the truth is far from it.

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