News By/Courtesy: Silvy Sheetal | 01 Dec 2018 18:08pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • uicide is the biggest reason for custodial deaths in India, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau in August.
  • Out of 97 custodial death cases or disappearance from police custody in 2015, 33 were attributed to suicide, the report said.
  • In March 2013, Delhi gang-rapes prime accused Ram Singh committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar Jail.

Suicide is the biggest reason for custodial deaths in India, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau in August. Out of 97 custodial death cases or disappearance from police custody in 2015, 33 were attributed to suicide, the report said. In March 2013, Delhi gang-rapes prime accused Ram Singh committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar Jail. This year, another accused in the same case attempted suicide. All were arrested hours after the crime, propensity to commit suicide in prison is almost one and a half times more than normal conditions,” “Most of those who commit suicide are first-timers. As soon as they come to jail, they think their life has ended and that the entire world will be talking about them. In such cases, counseling can be very helpful, but where are the counselors? Sometimes the adverse situation in which they live in and the physical and mental trauma that they deal with can be the reason. : There might be underreporting of suicide which leads to the inaccurate suicide rate. If a suicide victim from prison is rushed to the hospital and die there, records may not show that the victim committed suicide in prison. Also, if the facility chooses to report some deaths as suicides—but not others, for fear of litigation— suicide rates could be inaccurate Timely intervention, rehabilitation, psychiatric help to deal with mental trauma, checking upon suicidal prisoners a renewed approach to pick upon such suicidal prisoners is another important task keeping an account of the prisoners with life imprisonment for whom this would be an easy way out, also keeping things out of their reach which would invoke them to suicide .

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 01 Dec 2018 18:21pm IST


Tags : #India#Social#Custodial Suicides

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