Eleven suicides in 24 hours!

Psychiatrists attribute it to mechanical lifestyle and lack of social support

Among the dead were a police constable, a middle-aged couple and a woman who killed her two children before committing suicide.

A police constable, attached to the Wilson Garden Traffic Police Station, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in the early hours of Monday. It is suspected that Raghavendra (29), from Paradi near Nelamangala, took the extreme step due to domestic problems.

Raghavendra who had married a girl he loved was living with his wife at the police quarters in Adugodi.

The woman was rude to Raghavendra’s parents and relatives.  A sensitive Raghavendra was upset and soon, differences of opinion cropped up between the two, said the police.
At dawn on Monday, his wife woke up to see Raghavendra hanging from a ceiling fan. With the help of neighbours, she rushed him to St John’s Hospital, but doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Couple hangs

In another incident, a couple, Shivashankar K (48) and Vijayalakshmi (42) hanged themselves from ceiling fans in their house in Banashankari First Stage early Monday morning. Shivashankar was a telephone mechanic with BSNL, while Vijayalakshmi was a home maker. The reason for the suicide is yet a mystery as the family was financially well-off, police said.

The couple have two daughters Nalini (24) an MBA graduate and Shalini (22), a private company employee.

Mother kills kids and dies

A woman killed her two children before committing suicide at an under construction site in Arundhathi Nagar in Chandra Layout on Sunday evening.

The dead were Parvathi (28), Rekha (4) and Bheema Raya (1).

The three bodies were fished out from a water logged seven-feet shaft meant for a lift. Police have arrested Parvathi’s husband, Mariyappa, reputed to be an alcoholic.

Self-immolation

Despairing of her life with her alcoholic husband, Porkadi (33) doused herself in kerosene and set ablaze at her KP Agarhara 8th Cross residence.

According to police, on Sunday night, Porkadi's husband Kadareenan came home drunk and pestered his wife for money.

During the argument, she threatened to end her life and poured kerosene over herself. In the scuffle, a match was lit and Porkadi was aflame. She was admitted to Victoria hospital with 65 percent burns and died on Monday morning.

Hangs self

A 25-year old bachelor, Vijaya Kumar hanged himself in his residence at HMT Colony, Jalahalli.

Apparently, he was upset with his parents’ lack of initiative to get him married. Two of his older brothers too are unmarried.

And another...

A Big Bazaar salesman's body was found hanging at his Giri Nagar II Stage residence. Parashiva Murthy (25) of Kollegal was found dead by his brother.

One more...

A 23-year-old diploma student, who failed in exams, ended life by consuming poison. Santosh (23) from Siddapura was found by morning walkers.

Two days ago, Santosh told his parents that he was going to his college to pay some fees, but never returned, police said.

‘Depression is invisible’


 The rather rapid increase in suicides in the City has been attributed to mechanical lifestyles and lack of social support system to the individual who takes the extreme step of suicide. Dr C R Chandrashekar, Professor of Psychiatry at Nim- hans says: "People who have committed suicide have high levels of frustration and insecurity. They may have been in deep depression for a long time, which may have gone unnoticed by the family members. Lack of bonding among family members, friends, relatives and neighbours who could have heard their grievances might have led these victims to make the final act.
Depression is invisible in our country.  When there is lack of contentment and increased competition, people with negative thinking do take such extreme steps,” he added. 

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