January 28, 2022

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India is the country where one housewife commits suicide every 25 minutes

  • Geeta Pandey
  • BBC News, Delhi

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According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 61 housewives commit suicide every day in India. Last year alone it was 22,372.

The group represents 14.6% of the total 153,052 suicides in Asia by 2020 and more than 50% of women who have committed suicide.

Last year was no exception. Since 1997, when the government began collecting suicides and job type data, more than 20,000 housewives have committed suicide each year. In 2009 there were 25,092.

The press often refers to these deaths as “family problems” or “marital affairs”. But what really drives thousands of women to commit suicide?