[Assam] [assam] An Indian ends life every sixth day in Oman
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Wed May 2 15:49:37 IST 2012
Times of India (May 2, 2012)
DUBAI: In a worrying sign, an Indian living in Oman has been found to
commit suicide every sixth day, owing to financial stress or personal
issues, official data shows.
23 Indians had committed suicide in different parts of the Sultanate
till mid-April this year. In January and February, eight Indians
committed suicide in each month, while four ended their life in March.
Three people had committed suicide till mid-April, Times of Oman
reported, quoting data available with Indian embassy in Muscat.
Last week, an Indian mother of three was found hanging from the ceiling
at her flat in Ruwi region.
50 Indians committed suicide in Oman in the year 2010, while another 54
in 2011, the report said.
Psychologists and social workers in Oman call this an alarming
"Even though the number of suicides was slightly low in March and
April, it was quite high in January and February," an Indian lawyer
told the paper.
The reasons behind the suicides, psychologists say, are either
financial stress or personal issues such as low self-esteem, depression
and interpersonal conflict.
Several Indian social and spiritual groups are working in Oman to
prevent the rising number of suicides.
"The reason for the high number of suicides could be the lack of
someone to confide in," P M Jabir, Indian Social Club Welfare
"Many of the victims are people who are living away from their families
and relatives, which lead to loneliness and stress. Also, most of these
people might be undergoing tremendous financial crisis in fulfilling
the family obligations back home.
"To overcome all that, they seek easy methods like taking loans from
private money lenders, which later turns into a death trap," he said.
A senior Indian embassy official said the mission is ready to provide
help to Indians who are under stress.
"A dedicated Community Welfare Wing, headed by a senior India-based
officer, caters exclusively to the needs of distressed Indian workers,"
A P S Chauhan, Second Secretary (Community Welfare, Culture and HOC) at
the Indian Embassy, saidTimes Of India (May 2, 2012)
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