1.3 Crore Indians On The Verge Of Suicide, Urban Population Most Vulnerable: Health Ministry Survey
As per govt data, more than 1 lakh Indians commit suicide every year. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 1,29,887 people committed suicide in 2017. This figure jumped to 1,34,516 in 2018. In simple terms, every hour 15 Indians took their lives in 2018. However, despite such big and fearsome numbers, there was little outrage since 22.6% of those who commit suicide are daily wage workers. The same workers who were left to survive on their own during the lockdown and traveled thousands of kilometres, many on foot, to reach their native homes.