243 suicide cases reported in July: HRCP -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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243 suicide cases reported in July: HRCP

MIRPURKHAS: Two hundred and forty-three people, including 74 women, committed suicide in the country during July, a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report said on Friday.

The report said 76 suicide cases were reported from Sindh province alone. It also drew attention to the increasing suicide tendencies in people over the age of 50.

“The rising number of suicide cases among the elderly is apparently due to the government’s flawed economic policies in which the wage earner in a family is under immense pressure to fulfil the needs of her/his dependents,” said the report.

Also, the report added, there were another 191 people who attempted to commit suicide but their lives were saved by provision of immediate medical aid.

The report further noted that during the last month, 17 men and 30 women were brutally murdered in the name of honour. Forty-seven of them belonged to Sindh, the report elaborated. Majority of the Karo-Kari victims fell prey to the violence of their close relatives.

It also revealed that 68 people, including 49 women and many children, were sexually assaulted during the month.
Source: The News
Date:8/18/2007