Suicide – A Preventable Epidemic

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Gowhar Fayaz Bhat

The death of a child is most parents’ worst nightmare, one made even worse when its self inflicted. This very tragedy has become increasingly common among young people in recent years.

An increasing number of suicides in an alarming situation in Kashmir valley and a matter of concern days. It is a social evil and threat to mankind and humanity. In Kashmir, it alleged suicides are said to have claimed the second highest number of lives after militancy. While it’s estimated that more than 60,000 lives have been lost in the state since 1988.

The suicide toll incessant violence in the valley has devastated the psyche of Kashmiris and stress related diseases have grown manifold across the social spectrum driving people mostly youngsters increasing to suicide. Shockingly most suicidal cases were between the age of 16 to 25 and is also more prevalent in teenagers and youngsters especially females.

Why Do People Commit Suicide?

Most people interviewed/confessed after making a suicide attempt say that they did it because they were trying to escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with or to get relief from bad thoughts or feelings. They do not want to die as much as they wanted to escape from what was going on. At that particular moment dying seemed like the only way out.

Some people who ended their lives or attempt to suicide might be trying to escape from the feeling of rejection others might feel angry/ ashamed. Some may be worried about disappointing family members and some may feel burden to others.

A situation like breakup, a big fight with family, an intended pregnancy or being victimized leads to such fatal suicides. Even the political and pandemic lockdowns created a great mental distress in disturbed region since 2019.

We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes, but most people get through it or can put their problems in perspective and find a way to carry on with determination and hope. What makes a person unable to see another way out of a bad situation besides ending his/her life? The answer lies in fact that most people who commit suicide have depression.

Depression: leads people to focus mostly on failure and disappointment, to emphasize the negative side of their situation and to downplay their own capabilities. Someone with severe depression can’t see the possibility of good outcome and may believe they will never be happy or things will never go right for them again. The problem can be made worse because many people who are depressed turn to drugs as an escape. And use of these substances can bring serious depression.

Many suicide attempts occur when someone is under the influence of drugs. This does not mean that everyone who is depressed or has drug problem will try to commit suicide but these conditions especially both together increases a person’s risk for suicide.

Religious Views On Suicide

Islam views suicide strictly as sinful and detrimental to one’s spiritual journey. Allah the almighty says, “and do not kill yourself indeed Allah is to you ever merciful” (QUR’AN)

A person who commits suicide is considered as committing a major sin and renders himself liable for punishment in the hereafter so holy prophet (saw) said“ and if somebody commits suicide with anything in the world he/she will be tortured with that very thing on the day of Resurrection; and if somebody curses a believer then his sins will be as if he murdered him”


Reducing suicide requires collective concerted efforts from all groups in society. The Jammu and Kashmir government should initiate mental health programme which involves reducing the availability of drugs, involving religious leaders, providing support those who bereaved by suicide, treatment those who have attempted suicide. All those steps can help to mitigate the problem of suicide in JK.

Gowharr Fayaz Bhat hails from Lalpora Lolab. He is an Engineering student. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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