A contractual worker dies by suicide on the premises of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) office by hanging himself in a generator room.
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Identification of deceased and body autopsy
At the premises of the ASTC office in Guwahati, a man commits suicide by hanging himself.
According to reports, the body has been identified as Dhrubojyoti Thakuria. As per the records, he had been working for two years on a contractual basis for the ASTC. The deceased was a resident of Tihu in the Nalbari district.
Moreover, Thakuria hanged himself in a generator room of the ASTC office as per staff reports.
At the moment, the body has been sent to the Paltan Bazar police station for autopsy, but the reason for his suicide hasn’t been confirmed.
Relation of the pandemic with the increase in suicide cases
According to analytical reports, there have been several cases of rising in suicide cases mostly due to unemployment.
From 2016 to 2019, the number of suicide cases for unemployment has been 16 in Meghalaya, 7 in Nagaland, 4 in Manipur, and 2 in Mizoram. As per the NCRB records, these data pertain to pre-COVID-19 which has led to further unemployment.
According to sources, 2020 was the worst year especially when the pandemic broke out and the complete lockdown was imposed. Due to such reasons, many youngsters from the Northeastern states had to engage in jobs in various parts of the country after losing their jobs at other places. Due to such reasons, unemployment has doubled the suicide cases.
Lastly as per the NCRB reports, According to the NCRB report, family problems are responsible for 25.94% of suicides in Assam in 2019 followed by a love affair (15.69%), property dispute (11.77%), marriage related issues (10.21%), unemployment (6.54%), illness (6.6%), failure in examination (4.3%) and drug abuse or addiction (3.8%).