Increasing trend of suicide among security personnel deployed in Jammu and Kashmir
Observers keeping a keen eye on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir say that the reason for increasing suicide incidents among security personnel is due to strict duty, distance from loved ones and domestic and personal problems
Srinagar: A youth of the Armed Border Force, who was posted at Handwara in North Kupwara district, allegedly shot himself to death. The alleged suicide incident occurred between Sunday and Monday night at the SSB camp in Valgam Handwara.
This is the fifth suicide of an Indian Army or paramilitary force in Jammu and Kashmir this month. In other words, in just 12 days, at least five security personnel have committed suicide by taking serious steps such as suicide.
Official sources said paramilitary trooper Amit Kumar, who was posted at SSB camp at Walagam in Handwara, shot himself late last night.
He said that the police have registered a case and started an investigation. He further said that it was not immediately clear why the jawan took such a drastic step.
The increasing trend of suicide among security personnel
Observers keeping an eye on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir say that the reason for increasing suicide among security forces personnel is due to strict duty, distance from loved ones and domestic and personal problems.
Although, the government has made yoga and other psychological exercises mandatory for security personnel, the number of soldiers committing suicide in Jammu and Kashmir is increasing rather than decreasing.
From 2010 to 2019, according to official figures, as many 1113 military personnel suspected suicide cases were reported in the country. Although official figures have not given a separate description of the security personnel committing suicide in Kashmir, it is believed that most of the cases would have been registered here.
Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha in December last year that out of these 1113 cases of suicide, 891 in Army, 182 in Indian Air Force and 40 in Navy took this extreme step.