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Alarm at Mumbai's teenage suicide trend

[Source: BBC]


Neha Sawant, 11, was found hanging by a dupatta inside her house on January 2, 2010. Neha was an "amazing" dancer, who had participated in three TV dance reality shows, including Boogie Woogie. She was a part of a dance academy, through which she had performed in group dances and competitions. A few months ago, Neha's parents pulled her out of the academy as the extracurricular activity was affecting her studies. Police believe this may have been a cause for Neha to take the extreme step.


In the second incident, a Std VII student hanged himself in the washroom of Shardashram school in Dadar on January 4, 2010. Preliminary investigation suggested that he killed himself as he was poor at studies and felt pressured because of that.


What is driving schoolchildren to take such an extreme step as suicide? Is it the lack of attention? Is it parental or school pressure? Or is it the influence of films, as some activists are claiming?


More than 100,000 people commit suicide in India every year and three people a day take their own lives in Mumbai.
Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among those aged between 15 and 35 years and has a devastating psychological, social and financial impact on families and friends.


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