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July 28, 2015

India’s suicide problem

Important research by Shamika Ravi, Fellow Brookings Institution, with inputs from Mudit Kapoor, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute on what the numbers tell us about the farmer suicide narrative, in this Indian Express article


"Studying the data for all suicides in India, we note that over the decades housewives have consistently reported significantly more suicides than any other demographic category. They account for 20 per cent of all suicides in India, while farmers account for less than 12 per cent. Both these numbers are high, but the trends show a decline, and farmer suicides have seen the fastest decline."


"Response to the crisis of farmer suicides is narrowly focused. Poor health accounts for most suicides, necessitating improved access to healthcare rather than special packages."

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