Journal article

The Geographic Heterogeneity of Suicide Rates in India by Religion, Caste, Tribe, and Other Backward Classes

Vikas Arya, Andrew Page, Rakhi Dandonaz, Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Peter Mayer, Gregory Armstrong

Crisis | HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Caste, tribal, and religious associations, which are perhaps the most important aspects of personal and social lives in India, have been neglected in Indian suicide research. AIM: To investigate suicide rates in India by religion, caste, tribe, and other backward classes over the period 2014-2015. METHOD: This study acquired unpublished suicide data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2014 and 2015 including caste, tribal, and religious associations of suicide cases. National and state-specific suicide rates (2014-2015) were then calculated for Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and other religious groups and for scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST), and othe..

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