Sunday, December 6, 2009

New age pressure leads to suicide

Asian Age Uma Devarajan | Hyderabad

Family suicide pacts seem to have become a new but dangerous trend. Three women from a family at LB Nagar in Hyderabad died and the fourth is battling for her life after they all consumed pesticide a couple of days ago. Another family from Karimnagar also made a similar pact, ostensibly due to harassment of their teenage daughter by eve-teasers. The mother and daughter died after ingesting poison, while the father is undergoing treatment. Bangalore newspapers reported a family suicide case too.

Family suicide pacts seem to have become a new but dangerous trend. Three women from a family at LB Nagar in Hyderabad died and the fourth is battling for her life after they all consumed pesticide a couple of days ago.....

Why are families becoming so desperate? Delhi-based psychotherapist Suneel Vatsyayan says, "We are a society in transition, particularly in metro or semi-urban areas. These changes are so fast that there is a contradiction between the values learnt in childhood and current values." Dr Vijay Marulkar, head of Sociology Department, SNDT University, Mumbai, also agrees with the above view....
Such desperation faced by an entire family leaves behind more questions than answers. Have we as a society become so intolerant towards failure? "In the name of confidence building, one is shown that everything is possible, without being giving the ability to face the reality," says Mr. Vatsyayan.

What can one do when there is no one to turn to? He adds, "Contradictions lie within ourselves and we would need to develop coping skills. We would need to de-learn certain lessons, learn new ones and re-learn our spiritual values."...