A total of 875 people reportedly committed suicide within two months during the lockdown period occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic in Nepal.
According to the data compiled by the Nepal Police, the suicide cases, across the country, increased by 16 per cent in the first month of the lockdown.
The country has been under lockdown since March 24, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
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 suggests that the number during the lockdown is considerably high as 38 people 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 suicide cases have been recorded as of May 16,’’ said Niraj Bahadur Shahi, spokesperson of Nepal Police, adding that the Police were updating the data of suicide cases after that.
Many psychiatrists have linked the deaths with the mental health of the people, who have been forced to stay indoors during the lockdown. (Xinhua/NAN)
Meanwhile, KanyiDaily had reported how a 50-year-old man killed himself to protect his family after mistakenly thinking he was infected with the dreaded Coronavirus.