New Delhi: In the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) reports released on Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) confirmed that 11,379 farmers died by suicide in India in 2016. This is approximately 948 suicides every month or 31 suicides every day. Among these, women accounted for 8.6 percent.
The last report of accidental deaths and suicides was released in 2015. The number of farmer suicides has shown a decline in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015.
Maharashtra once again after 2014 (4,004 farmers suicide) and 2015 (4,291 farmer suicides) continues to account for the highest number of suicides in the country with 3661 in 2016.
Karnataka ranks second with 2,079 farmer suicides while the number has almost halved in Telangana. As per the NCRB data, the number is 645 in 2016 as against 1,347 in 2014 and 1,400 in 2015.
West Bengal still continues to not provide data on farmer suicide. The number stands zero for both 2015 and 2016 as per the data provided to NCRB. Bihar also reported zero farmers suicide in 2016. Some of the other states and Union territories where zero farmer suicides have been recorded are Nagaland, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The major causes of suicides were cited as family issues, bankruptcy, illness, alcoholic addiction and drug abuse. The data for the year 2017 hasn’t yet been released NCRB.