Around 24,000 children committed suicide between 2017-2019; academics claimed over 4000 lives.

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The NCRB data tabled in the Parliament by the government of India revealed that over 4000 children had committed suicide between 2017-2019 after failing in the academic examinations.

The data collated by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows the death of around 24,000 children by suicide between the years 2017-2019. Of it, close to 13,325 were girls in the age group of 14-18 years.

The toll of suicide in the same age group has seen a gradual increase since 2017. It was 8029 in 2017, 8162 in 2018, and 8377 in 2019. States like Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu reported the highest cases of child suicides.

Although the failure in examination compelled 4046 children to take their lives, love affairs had been the reason for at least 3315 children’s suicide, followed by the illness which led to the death of 2567 children.

While some other mentioned causes for suicide were unwanted pregnancy, hero-worshipping, addiction to drugs and alcohol, unemployment, poverty and degrading social reputation.

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