Mental Health problems is a serious issue with all ages, including adults as well as children. With the advent of social media, the problem has only increased and peer pressures have led to reports on suicides almost on a daily basis.
On Friday, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra issued notice to the Centre and other state governments on PIL referring to increase in number of ‘child suicides’. The petition demanded a direction to central and state government to come up with a ‘Public Health Plan’ implementation in their respective jurisdiction provided under Sec 29 and Sec 115 of the Mental Healthcare Act 2017.
Gaurav Kumar Bansal, is a practicing advocate and the petitioner in this case. His PIL stated,
It is a National Shame that no steps were being taken for preventing suicides in young children
The PIL carried an annexure which revealed the data as per RTI response obtained from Delhi police. Bansal also drew attention to the bench that if such young kids were committing suicide in the national capital, there is a need to introspect whether this is a good sign for the country as a whole. He also called the present situation “shameful” for the authorities.
Below are some recent child suicide cases for your reference.
August 2019 – A class XII student of a central school allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with a dupatta in her home in south Delhi’s Saket area on Aug 1
May 2019 – Worried about reappearing for her class 12 examination, a 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at her house in Northeast Delhi’s Harsh Vihar
April 2019 – A boy committed suicide after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game triggering debate whether the game should be banned
Most research trends have analyzed the reasoning on suicides in young children as “serious psychological distress”, a term applied to people who score high on a test that measures feelings of sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. Among young people, rates of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts are increasing significantly.
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