600 attempted suicide cases registered in 6 months in Herat
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly 600 people attempted suicide in the past six months in western Herat province, with 18 losing lives, an official said on Tuesday.
Herat Zonal Hospital spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News 80 percent of those attempting suicide were women.
He said 18 of the people, including a dozen women, ended it all. Most of them killed themselves by hanging or consuming poison or acid, the spokesman added.
“Twelve people including men and women lost their lives by hanging themselves while six others killed themselves by using poisonous substances.” Sherzai said 582 others, who attempted suicide, recovered after being treated at the hospital.
Eighteen-year-old Susan, who twice attempted suicide, told Pajhwok she did so due to her marriage with a man she did not like.
“I had to do so because my family forcibly married me. I first took a strip of tramadol pills, but relatives took me to hospital and I recovered. Then I consumed a packet of needles but again I was evacuated to hospital for treatment,” she recalled.
Anthropologists say undesirable customs, poverty, joblessness and pressures from militants have badly affected the Afghan youngsters in far-flung areas of the province.
Basir Ahmad Danishyar, a lecturer at Herat University, said suicide cases had emerged as a challenging issue in recent years in Herat.
“Root causes of suicide attempts among youngsters are poverty and negative cultural traits. Unfortunately, some youth copy their lifestyles from movies and TV drama serials which are against our culture,” he noted.
Ministry of Public Health officials acknowledge suicide attempt cases are on the rise in the country, where more than a thousand such cases were registered in 2012. The number jumped to around 10,000 in 2016.
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