Seven teenage girls committed suicide in Nepal, in a span of a few days, during the week gone by. Normally it should not cause an alarm in a country where suicide rate is nearly seven per thousand people per annum. In fact, a study on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity of Nepali women of reproductive age (15-49 years) found that suicide as the single leading cause of death among women of that age group in the country.
The study was done in 2008/09, covered a total population of 3,298,319 and was carried out in 8 districts—Baglung, Jumla, Kailali; Okhaldhunga, Rupandehi, Rasuwa, Sunsari and Surkhet. All that, when suicide is not even in the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In such a situation, does the first line of this column demand attention?