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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 448-453

A 10-year retrospective study of suicide in Sikkim, India: Sociodemographic profile and risk assessment


Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Correspondence Address:
Bisu Singh
Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Sikkim University, Samdur, Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.196712

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Objective: The present study had been undertaken to investigate the sociodemographic profile of individuals who had committed suicide in Sikkim which may throw light on the vulnerable groups. Materials and Methods: Ten-year suicide data (2006–2015) obtained from Police Headquarters, Crime Branch, Gangtok, have been statistically evaluated to study the sociodemographic profile. Results: The results showed that out of 1604 suicide cases recorded for the past 10 years, 1051 were males (65.5%) and 553 (34.5%) were females. Suicide was found to be common among the age group of 21–30 years (24.4%), Rai community (15.8%), population of rural areas (82.6%), and among the population of eastern districts (50.6%). Hanging (94.8%) was found to be the most common method adopted for suicide. Conclusion: The study provides preliminary information about the vulnerable groups for suicide in the state which may be vital for taking necessary steps for its prevention shortly.



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