Suicides fall

By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 18 2021

By Paneetha Ameresekere

Fewer female suicides led to the reduction of the total number of suicides, 2020 over 2019, by 61 (1.95 per cent) to 3,074, Police data released on Monday showed.

Male suicides in the review period fell by five (0.2 per cent) to 2,484; while female suicides declined by 56 (8.67 per cent) to 590. Nine of the 13 age categories, vis-à-vis females, showed declines and the balance, increases; while in the case of males,  seven of the 13 age categories showed declines while the balance showed increases. 

The main describable reason for both sexes in both the years in question, which took most lives, was ‘harassment by the spouse and family disputes.’ For females, this covered the age categories of between 21 and 30 and 36 and 40 last year (2020) whereas in 2019 it covered the age categories from 21-40 years.

 In the case of males, both in 2019 and 2020, it covered the age categories from 26-60 years. For females, the age categories, segmentalised into five-year breaks, beginning with 8-16 years of age, that showed declines, 2020 over 2019 were in the 17-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 66-70 and over 71, while those of the 8-16, 51-55, 56-60 and 61-65 categories showed increases. 

For males, the 8-16, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 46-50 and 66-70 age categories showed declines, while those in 17-20, 41-45, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65 and over 71 years showed increases.  

By Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 18 2021

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