A total of 875 people have committed suicide during the lockdown period
in Nepal. The country has been under lockdown since March 24.
According to the data compiled by the Nepal Police, the suicide cases
across the country increased by 16 percent in the first month of the
lockdown. A total of 482 suicide cases were filed during mid-March to
mid-April in police stations across the country against 414 cases for
the period between mid-February and mid-March.
The data compiled by Nepal Police suggests that the number during the
lockdown is considerably high and 38 people had committed suicide in the
Kathmandu valley alone.
The highest number, 742 died by hanging themselves followed by 114
people who committed suicide by consuming poison. The deceased had used
burning, stabbing, drowning, jumping from heights as major ways of
attempting suicides during the review period.
“The suicide cases have been recorded as of May 16,” said Niraj Bahadur
Shahi, spokesperson of Nepal Police adding that the Nepal Police was
updating the data of suicide cases after that.