Kochi: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported that more than 35,000 people ended life in India in five years due to marital conflicts. The information was received from NCRB's report 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India'.
During the period between 2016 and 2020, a total of 36,872 people died by suicide due to various issues in marital life. A total of 2,688 divorcees committed suicide during this period and most of them are women. The major reasons behind these deaths were dowry, issues with the partner and extramarital affairs.
A total of 21,750 women and 16,021 men ended life due to marital problems during 2016-2020. 9,385 women also died by suicide due to dowry-related issues. The number of men who committed suicide as a result of divorce and extramarital affairs is high. In 2020 alone, 287 men ended life for these reasons.
1,53,052 suicides were reported in the country in 2020. This is 8.7 per cent more than the cases reported in 2019. The highest number was reported in Maharashtra where 19,909 people died by suicide.
Kerala among top 5 states :
Kerala is one of the five states with the highest suicide rates in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Kerala ranks fourth in 2018 (23.5 percent), fifth in 2019 (24.3 percent) and in 2020 (24 percent). Six percent of the suicide cases were due to intoxication and five percent were due to marital problems. 33.6 percent were due to difference of opinion in families and 18 percent were due to health issues, it is stated.