In a shocking revelation, one unemployed person committed suicide every hour during 2018.
A total of 1,34,516 suicides, including 92,114 male and 42,391 female, were reported in the country.
The latest data, issued by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which comes under Ministry of Home Affairs brings shocking data on "Suicides in India 2018".
The data reveals that a total of 12,936 unemployed persons committed suicide in 2018, which accounted for 9.6 per cent of the total suicides, and were of aged below 18 years to above 60 years.
Those below 18 years include 31 males and nine females while those between 18 and 30 years comprise 1,240 male and 180 female. A total of 868 male and 95 female were aged between 30 and 45 years.
A number of 237 males and 21 females were aged between 45 and 60 years while 2,431 males and 310 females were above 60 years.
Of the total suicides by unemployed persons, males are 10,687 while the females are 2,249.
"Each suicide is a personal tragedy that prematurely takes the life of an individual and is a loss to the family and nation." Says NCRB.
Every year, more than 1 lakh people commit suicide in our country. There are various causes of suicides but the state of unemployment is alarming.
As per the NCRB, rate of suicides has been calculated using projected population for the non-census years whereas for 2011, the population of the Population Census 2011 was used.
Most of the suicides committed due to unemployment were by people working for private sector.
A total of 10,349 persons involved in farming sector (consisting of 5,763 farmers and cultivators and 4,586 agricultural labourers) have committed suicide during 2018, accounting for 7.7 per cent of total suicides.
Women and children were also among the more vulnerable sections to crime in 2018.
While overall crime rate (crimes per lakh population) decreased in 2018, rate of crimes against women increased.
Over 33,000 cases of rape were registered against women in 2018, marginally higher than the 32,559 in 2017.