National Crime Records Bureau – Suicide Stats – 2012 (Part 1)

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The 2012 data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suicide statistics has been released, report titled: Accidental Death and Suicides in India – 2012. The data shows the plight of men in this country. Of the total 1,35,445 suicides around 88,453 were men and 46,992 were women. Suicides by men were 1.9 times more than suicides by women. Suicides by farmers are 11.4% of the total suicides[i] and 1.4% of the total suicides were due to poverty[ii].

Gender Wise Suicides[iii]

Age Group

Upto 14

15-29

30-44

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Total

1,353

1,385

25,942

20,693

31,704

14,456

Classification total (Select)

869

925

15,492

11,940

18,136

7,845

Suspected/Illicit Relation

0

13

221

279

207

181

Cancellation/Non-Settlement of Marriage

0

0

238

267

144

98

Family Problems

141

213

5,462

5,122

7,541

3,703

Love Affairs

26

82

1,506

1,389

441

314

Causes Not Known

305

255

3,843

2,284

4,814

1,565

Other Causes

397

362

4,222

2,599

4,989

1,984

Gender Wise Suicides

Age Group

45-59

60+

Total

Ratio of men to women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Total

21,217

7,282

8,237

3,176

88,453

46,992

1.9x

Classification total (Select)

11,262

3,733

3,799

1,432

49,558

25,875

1.9x

Suspected/Illicit Relation

74

32

10

1

512

506

1.0x

Cancellation/Non-Settlement of Marriage

28

23

7

5

417

393

1.1x

Family Problems

4,899

1,674

1,494

543

19,537

11,255

1.7x

Love Affairs

49

40

1

1

2,023

1,826

1.1x

Causes Not Known

2,801

917

1,006

386

12,769

5,407

2.4x

Other Causes

3,411

1,047

1,281

496

14,300

6,488

2.2x

On a further analysis of the above table, we can see that men in the age group of 30-44 and 45-59 are 2.2x and 2.9x times more than women suicides in this age group. The reasons for majority of these suicides are family problems and other causes[iv] which account for nearly 60% of the suicides in the above age groups for men.

Another startling fact of gender specific suicides is that in the age group 0-14 years the male and female suicides are nearly equal but male suicides steadily increase as the youth enter gender specific roles which is evident in an increase in suicides for men from the age group 15 onwards. In the age group of 15-29 an increase of 28.3% male suicide are seen, this number jumps to a substantial 124.5% for the 30-44 age group and to 198.3% for the 45-59 age group[v]. This clearly signifies the hard time and misandry men have to go through all their lives. Even after retirement the increase in suicide is about 165% for men.

If we refer to the suicide victims by marital status[vi], over 71% of married men committed suicides, which fell to 3% for widowers, 0.8% for divorcees and 2.3% for separated men[vii]. A startling fact is that married men are 2 times more likely to commit suicides[viii] as compared to married women. This ratio falls drastically in case of divorcees, widowers and separated men.

Suicides-marital status

So, are we living in a Man’s World where it is easy for men…. ? Do we require more gender specific Laws…?


[i] Page 182 of Accidental Death and Suicides in India – 2012

[ii] Table 2(E) of Accidental Death and Suicides in India – 2012

[iii] Table 2(G) of Accidental Death and Suicides in India – 2012 and Figure 2.6.

[iv] Including Causes not known

[v] As an increase in the ratio of men to women suicides over the 0-14 age group.

[vi] Figure 2.8 of Accidental Death and Suicides in India – 2012

[vii] As a percentage of total male suicides

[viii] Inference made based on the data that 2 times more married men commit suicide

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3 Responses to National Crime Records Bureau – Suicide Stats – 2012 (Part 1)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good analysis.
    Feel u delete, “separated men” from the last line
    “This ratio falls drastically in case of divorcees, widowers and separated men”.
    Separated men are also vulnerable as he is already started fighting false cases, and is also under stress.

  2. qualandar says:

    Reblogged this on Indian Lawyers Express.

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