LUCKNOW || As the World Suicide Prevention Day was celebrated through webinars and other virtual platforms on Thursday, a study based on data and statistics of the NCRB, done by Men Welfare Trust (MWT) & Save Family Foundation (SFF), registered NGOs under the aegis of Save Indian Family (SIF) movement have thrown some shocking findings.
Data shows that in the past year (2019), as many as a whopping 97613 men conducted suicide, which is up by 8.3% over the previous year. What is more shocking is another fact - the Husband Suicide Index (HSI) has gone up by 10%. In the last two decades while women suicide has reduced by 3%, the male suicide has increased by 48%!
Men Welfare Trust & Save Family Foundation told The News Agency that they have strongly requested the union government to set up a “National Commission for Men” on priority basis. "Suicide by anyone is a sad thing but just picture this : Male suicides in India were at 97613, much more than double that of women’s suicides at 41493, as per ADSI 2019 report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)" an office bearer of these NGO's pointed out.
Male Suicide Index (MSI) has increased from 2.17 in 2018 to 2.35 in 2019, marking it as the 2nd Steepest Year-On-Year jump in MSI since 1967 (First being in 2012 at 8.7%). This means that India loses a Son to suicide every 5.38 Minutes or that more than 11 sons are forced to commit suicide every hour, as against about 4 female suicides every hour.
"It is really very ironical that in our country, where Feminists keep words like patriarchy, women empowerment evergreen; where Politicians keep going overboard to please the women vote bank; where Law is Biased; Gender Based Courts, Gender based Police exist and where the society is highly women Centric, men find them always forced more to suicides by huge percentage" an activist mused.
Further, ADSI 2019, while giving the data on suicides of Married Men (Husbands) and Married Women (Wife) has shown unprecedented increase in Husband Suicides too. In the past 20 years, it is much more astonishing as HSI has increased by almost 61% i.e. from 1.6 in 2000 to 2.58 in 2019 while the Population growth over the same period is just about 28%
India lost 66815 Married Men to Suicides Last Year, an increase of 3.1% from the data of 2018.This, as compared to a decrease of 6.5% in Suicides of Married Women, brings in a total increase of whooping 10.3% in the HSI. This is within a population increase of just 1%. HSI increased from 2.34 in 2018 to 2.58 in 2019, marking it as the Steepest Ever Year-On-Year jump in HSI since 1995.
This means that India loses a Married Men to Suicide every 7.86 Minutes or that more than 7.6 Husbands are forced to commit Suicide every Hour, as against about 2.96 wives suicides every hour. This means that by the time this Press Release is read, comprehended & shared in about 7 minutes 52 seconds, 1 Husband would have committed suicide in India.
Family Problems is the biggest reason for suicide (unlike to more highlighted reasons of Farmers/Financial issues). Family Problem account for 32.4% of the total suicides in India. It is important to note that till 1995, reason of “Family Problem” was not even existing.
Prior to 1995, the reason was “Quarrel with In-Laws, Spouse”. In a habit of miniaturising the problems of Men, Feminist pressures clubbed those into Family Problems to just make it sound like a vague reason. To put in right perspective, “Quarrel with In-Laws, Spouse” is the reason for 32.4% suicides in 2019.
2. Marriage is Dangerous for Men and Better for Women: Amongst Married People, Husbands were 72+% while Male in unmarried category formed 66.4+% of the total suicide. So, Marriage increases the risk of suicide on Men by about 6%. While Marriage makes it 6% safer and better for Women.
Marriage being dangerous for Men and safer for women is further established by the fact that even in case of Divorced + Separated category on Suicides, Male were found to be about 8% lesser than in case of being Married. Whereas, in case of Female, there is an increase of 8% in their ratio of total suicides once Divorce/Separated as against their married population.
In the farming sector, amongst 10281 suicides, 90+% were by Men. Amit Lakhani, Founder President of the Men Welfare Trust said, “Suicides by men surpass that of women by a wide margin regardless of social status – whether unmarried, married, widowed/widower, divorcee and separated. Looking at NCRB data of the last 11 years only, it is highly shameful that close to 10 lakh (1 million) Indian Men have committed suicide and the government is sitting silent without caring about men of this country. The government has only been focussed on making women centric laws and spending thousands of crores of rupees each year on various gender biased schemes and programs both at the central and state levels. It is really sad that even during the Corona, where Men are 70% of the total deaths, Feminist organizations like WHO have been spreading the falsehood of Domestic Violence on Women while the reality is that Men are bigger victims of Domestic Violence. DV on men has increased because of CoVID19”.
“It is high time that the government acknowledges that men in this country have been suffering due to lack of empathy towards men as victims in the society and rampant misuse of women centric laws. We strongly urge the government to take steps towards addressing issues of men by forming a ‘National Commission for Men’ and abolishing all gender biased laws”, he added.
Wasif Ali, Co-Founder, Save Family Foundation said, “Indian Male Suicide has been increasing regularly. In last 20 years, Male Suicide Index (MSI), has increased from 1.55 to 2.35. This is very alarming. Men are under lot of stress, unable to cope up with the demands of modern-day society. Lack of empathy of society and government towards men is an area of serious concern”.