Fights between siblings are commonplace, however, news has emerged from Panipat, Haryana, where a disagreement between siblings over a minor problem resulted in one of the siblings taking their own life.
A disagreement about trivial matters such as momo claimed the life of a schoolgirl. The tragic occurrence occurred in Panipat, Haryana. According to accounts, a girl committed suicide following a dispute with her brother.
The siblings' father, who works as a daily wage-earner, brought some momo and golgappa to his home. Soon later, a fight broke out between his daughter, a 12th-grade student, and his son over the snacks.
After a while, the daughter committed suicide in her chamber, feeling embarrassed and humiliated after the quarrel with her brother.
The incident shook the country to its core. It's difficult to understand why a young person with a lifetime ahead of them would take their own life for something as trivial and pointless as a squabble over a snack.
Meanwhile, police retrieved her corpse and filed a complaint in connection with it. On the other side, the girl's brother admitted his guilt and accepted responsibility for the tragic demise of his sister.
According to data published by the National Crime Records Bureau, one student commits suicide in India every hour, with around 28 such suicides recorded every day (NCRB). According to NCRB data, 10,159 students committed suicide in 2018, an increase from 9,905 in 2017 and 9,478 in 2016.
Between 1999 and 2003, 27,990 students committed suicide; between 2004 and 2008, 28,913 students committed suicide; and between 2009 and 2013, 36,913 students committed suicide. The 2014-18 period witnessed a 26% increase from the previous 5-year period to 46,554.
Maharashtra recorded the most student suicides in 2018, with 1,448 — over four suicides per day — followed by Tamil Nadu (953), and Madhya Pradesh (862).
Suicide rates in India are highest in the 15-29 age bracket – the younger population, according to a 2012 Lancet analysis. According to the survey, 40 percent of male suicides occurred between the ages of 15 and 29, while over 60 percent of female suicides occurred between the ages of 15 and 29.
"Teens go through an identity crisis as both the mind and body are changing. They are confused and trying to come to grips with who they are mentally as well as physically. And teens who do not have a healthy support system and coping skills often succumb to suicidal thoughts," Dr Gauri Karkhanis, consultant clinical and social psychologist, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, explained.
Out of the many reasons attributed to suicide amongst teens, excessive screen time surfing social media and hostile family environment top the chart. Depression, being a victim of sexual or physical abuse, addiction, bullying, marginalisation due to sexual orientation, and a suicide history in the family are all risk factors.
Parents should be on the lookout for clear symptoms of suicidal tendencies, such as suicidal talk, social withdrawal, mood swings, drug use, routine changes, self-destructive behaviour, extreme anxiety, and personality changes.