Nagpur: At a time when everyone is focused and debating the disturbing trend of suicides by distressed farmers, the fact that cities are plagued by the phenomenon is being overlooked, conveniently.
Will you believe that five persons end their lives every day in the Second Capital City of Nagpur? There is a variety of issues that exacerbate this problem. Such problems include poverty, unemployment, lack of resources, lack of opportunities, doomed love affairs, exam failures and many more. Hundreds of distressed people have preferred to end their lives using various modes when they believed there is no other way to end their misery and that there is no solution to their problems.
A reply to RTI query has revealed that in Nagpur, every day five persons committed suicide. In the last 9 months, as many as 1,506 persons committed suicide for various reasons. This number is much more alarming and point finger towards growing unease among urban populace. This shocking revelation came forth in response to a Right to Information (RTI) poser by activist Abhay Kolarkar to Crime Branch of Nagpur Police.
The list of unfortunate souls includes young and old alike. However, the Crime Branch chose to remain silent on age, gender and social profile of those who committed suicide. For those who wanted to end their lives, water bodies such as Gandhi Sagar Lake, Ambazari Lake, Futala Lake, Gorewada lake turned out to be the favourite spots.
On other front, cops have registered 7,237 cases of serious offences and arrested 4,145 persons for committing these offences. The police have also registered 64 cases of murder. Those murdered include 7 female, 48 male and 9 senior citizens. The city has witnessed total 122 cases of rape and 127 persons were arrested for this heinous crime. The 72 gold chain-snatching cases were also registered in the city during last nine months in which total 22 accused were arrested. The police also arrested 27 accused in 8 robbery cases. Keeping with another trend in metros, Nagpur City witnessed surge in cases of cheating and fraud, and, so far, police have registered 348 cases of cheating.