Kerala 3rd in suicide rate, Sikkim tops, Bihar lowest

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Kochi: Sikkim tops in suicides in the country while Kerala comes third behind Tamil Nadu. But Kollam is ranked second among Indian cities in suicides, behind Jabalpur. Bihar witnessed the lowest rate of suicides.
The latest figures from the National Crime Records Bureau show that 8,490 people killed themselves in Kerala during 2012, the state accounting for 6.3 per cent of the total number
of suicides in the country.
The suicides in Kerala were committed at a rate of 24.3 per lakh people, the statistics say.   The suicide rate in Sikkim was 29.1  and Tamil Nadu 24.9.
The NCRB data also showed that the national average suicide rate was 11.1 per lakh population during 2012, which was marginally lower than 11.2 per lakh population during 2011.Kerala is ranked seventh while considering the total number of suicides. Tamil Nadu witnessed  the most number of suicides last year (16,927), followed by Maharashtra (16,112),
West Bengal (14,957), Andhra Pradesh (14,238), Karnataka (12,753) and Madhya Pradesh (9,775).
Among 8,490 suicides in Kerala, 6,409 were committed by men and 2,081 by women. People aged between 45 and 59 committed the most number of suicides in Kerala, followed
by people aged between 30 and 44. The statistics also say  66.3 percent of suicides in Kerala were committed by hanging.

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