Nepal records 875 suicide deaths during Lockdown


Suicide rate at an alarming rate as a total of 875 people was reported to have committed suicide during the lockdown period in Nepal.

Nepal, in order to curb the spread of the Novel coronavirus, has been under lockdown, since March 24.

According to the data compiled by the Nepal Police, the suicide cases, across the country, increased by 16 per cent in the first month of the lockdown.

A total of 482 suicide cases were filed during mid-March to mid-April in police stations across the country against 414 cases for the period between mid-February and mid-March.

The data suggests that the number during the lockdown is considerably high as 38 people committed suicide in the Kathmandu valley only.
The highest number, 742 died by hanging themselves followed by 114 people who committed suicide by consuming poison.

The deceased had explored various means such as burning, stabbing, drowning, jumping from heights as major ways of attempting suicides during the review period.
Niraj Bahadur Shahi, spokesperson of Nepal Police said, the suicide cases have been recorded as of May 16, adding that the Police were updating the data of suicide cases afterwards.

Many psychiatrists have ascribed the recorded deaths to the mental health of the people, as a result of been forced to stay indoors during the lockdown.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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