- Highest jump in suicides was reported among students, according to the report
New Delhi: The number of deaths in road accident in the country last year dropped sharply. On the other, the deaths due to suicides saw a significant rise, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2020 report.
Not just this, suicide in the agricultural sector rose by 18 per cent in 2020 in comparison to the previous year, according to data from the Accidental Deaths and Suicides (ADSI) report.
The report covers the period between January and December 2020.
In the non-agriculture sector suicides, the highest were among students and small entrepreneurs, indicating higher stress during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The jump in suicide among students was 21.2 per cent, which was the highest, the NCRB data said.
In case of students, the opinion is that students were under tremendous stress because of lack of access to digital devices and internet. When the 2-month lockdown in March-April last year ended, schools and colleges continued to remain closed.
With classes entirely online, several students who could not afford the devices reportedly died by suicide due to depression over discontinuing of studies or lack of access to resources.
There were more suicides among small business persons and entrepreneurs than salaried persons, as per the NCRB data.
Among accidental deaths, road accidents accounted for 40 per cent, which was an 11 per cent drop.
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here