India accounts for 37% of global female suicides

Indian villagers returning from a day's work in Kongthong village, in India's eastern Meghalaya state.
Indian villagers returning from a day's work in Kongthong village, in India's eastern Meghalaya state.PHOTO: AFP

Study: Women there also 3 times more prone than others in similar socio-economic groups

It was in March last year that India decriminalised suicide to reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses.

The move was hailed as a landmark step that would encourage individuals, including those who have survived a suicide attempt, to seek care and support.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'India accounts for 37% of global female suicides'. Print Edition | Subscribe