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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Aasra in the Mumbai Mirror,Oct 10th , 2012( aasra urban India survey stats)

Four suicides in city within last 48 hours

Apart from Asha Bhosle’s daughter, three other cases of suicide were recorded at different parts of the city on Sunday and Monday Mumbai MIrror Bureau

Posted On Tuesday, October 09, 2012 at 02:23:11 AM Mumbai city witnessed four suicides within 48 hours. While Asha Bhosle’s daughter, Varsha, committed suicide by shooting herself on Monday, three other cases of suicides were recorded in different parts of the city since Sunday. Upset over girlfriend’s suicide, youth hangs self at Goregaon A 24-year-old youth, identified as Abhishek Shetty, committed suicide at his Goregaon (West) residence late on Sunday. According to the police, he was upset over his girlfriend ending her life a few days ago, and had been depressed ever since. Shetty lived in a storeroom behind a Sai Baba temple at Siddharth Nagar. A social worker, he was a BJP party activist and a close aide of corporator Dilip Patel. According to the police, Shetty wasn't keeping well on Sunday. On Monday morning, his father found him hanging from the ceiling fan. On being taken to a hospital, he was declared dead. He left no suicide note, but his father told the police that the news of his girlfriend's suicide could have pushed him over the edge. Shetty’s body was sent for an autopsy and reports are awaited.

Murder accused attempts suicide in Andheri lock-up, dies Monday Suresh Arouthar, an accused who was behind bars at the Andheri Police Station, died at the Cooper Hospital on Monday after attempting suicide on October 3 in the lock-up. Arouthar, 32, a sweeper who lived in the Amboli slums, was behind bars for allegedly killing his wife Meera, 30, on September 25 at their home. On October 3, Arouthar, who was said to be depressed over killing his wife, tied his pants to the lock-up window and attempted hanging himself. Another accused in the lock-up raised an alarm, and the police rushed him to Cooper Hospital. He succumbed on Monday. Arouthar had suspected his wife of having an affair with someone, and the couple regularly fought over this. On September 25, after work Arouthar returned home drunk and fought with his wife. The quarrel took a turn for the worse and in a rage Arouthar strangulated his wife. At the hospital, Arouthar claimed that his wife had fallen down the staircase. But medical reports confirmed that she had been strangulated, following which Arouthar had been arrested. The couple have two children, aged 8 and 4, who are being cared for by relatives.

Woman from Gujarat allegedly commits suicide at Oshiwara A 25-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Oshiwara on Sunday morning. The deceased, Nazia Pathan, and her husband Sohbat came to the city from Gujarat on Saturday along with another couple, with the intention of settling here. Nazia and Sohbat are believed to have had an argument on Saturday, and had slept in separate rooms. According to the Oshiwara police, on Sunday morning when Sohbat tried to wake her up he got no response to his knocks on the door. When the door was finally broken open, Nazia was found hanging from the ceiling fan. The police said that Nazia had been married earlier and that Sohbat, whom she married in January this year, was her second husband. She left no suicide note in the room.

‘63 per cent of urban India has considered suicide since 2010’

A year-long survey conducted in eight major Indian cities has revealed that an incredible 70% of urban Indians (age group 15 to 50 years) have suffered from spells of depression in the past two years, and most of them - 90% - have contemplated suicide in the same period. The online survey conducted on residents of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cochin and Hyderabad by Aasra, a suicide helpline, also revealed that a majority of those depressed were women.
“The idea behind the survey was to spread awareness on the rising cases of depression in urban India,” said Aasra’s director Jhonson Thomas. One of the most striking find of the survey was that of the 70% found depressed, only a third were willing to seek professional help.

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