In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, all the members of the leading association of socio-religious organizations, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) led by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have expressed grave concern over the spike in suicide cases.
The MMU members in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, it is tragic and a bitter fact that in Kashmir, the social waywardness, promotion of drugs, domestic violence, family disputes, increase in divorce rate, and above all, the rising graph of suicides is a cause of great pain and anguish for every conscious human being.
They said, due to the prevailing unfavourable conditions in the territory, not only a large number of youth are affected mentally but also the children, elderly and women are suffering from nervous breakdown and mental stress.
In this regard, it is imperative to take effective measures to curb the root causes and factors of suicide by thoroughly analysing them, they added.
According to psychologists, the prolong conflict, tense situation and violent incidents have severely affected the social fabric in Kashmir. That is why the incidents of suicide and drug abuse have risen alarmingly.
Hardly a day goes by without the sad news about suicide and drug abuse being published in local newspapers and media.
At least 3 to 4 people are committing suicide every day which is a matter of grave concern.—KMS