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Indian Church official blames government policies for increase in suicide cases

“Many have come to a rock-bottom with no jobs, no income and no hope for a better tomorrow”

A Church official in India said suicide cases in the country have increased mainly because of government’s wrong economic reforms and insensitive policies.

“Many have come to a rock-bottom with no jobs, no income and no hope for a better tomorrow,” said Father Faustine Lobo, regional director of social apostolate of the bishops conference in Karnataka.

The priest, who is engaged in grassroots works, also said “demonetization and increasing fuel prices” have made an impact on people.

According to government data, an average of 30 suicide cases took place daily in the country in 2020, allegedly due to “joblessness, bankruptcy and poverty.”



The report published by the National Crimes Records Bureau says as many as 10,662 suicide cases in 2020 were directly linked to poverty — 5,213 due to bankruptcy, 3,548 due to joblessness and 1,901 due to other forms of poverty.

“The increase in deaths by poverty went up by 69 percent from the previous year, while suicides from joblessness hiked by 24 percent,” says the report as quoted in the Times of India.

Father Lobo said the increase in the number of suicide cases indicates the frustration people because of the government’s pro-corporate policies and actions that are “totally against common man’s welfare in the country.”

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He said bankruptcy and joblessness contribute to poverty and the crime bureau’s report indicates a state of “utter hopeless situation.”

For the full report, visit Matters India

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