Accidental deaths and suicide – A serious concern



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Death is certain and it is the ultimate truth. One will die for sure after birth. Accidental deaths and suicidal deaths are unfortunate. There are several problems that India is facing like inflation, corruption, unemployment etc. People die due to several reasons like heart attack, cancer, murder, natural disaster, poverty, accidents, suicide etc.

Death due to accidents and suicide is unfortunate. But it doesn’t mean that death due to other causes is fortunate. This article highlights the accidental deaths and suicidal deaths in India. In my previous article, I have addressed the issue of suicide. It is surprising that instead of several awareness campaigns, people are dying due to accidents. Let’s look at the statistics of accidental deaths and suicides from 2011 to 2015 which is given in the following table.

Table 1: Accidental deaths and suicidal deaths in India
Year Accidental deaths Suicidal deaths
2011 390884 135585
2012 394982 135445
2013 400517 134799
2014 451757 131666
2015 413457 133623
Source: National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

From the above table, the accidentals deaths and suicide does not have an increasing/decreasing pattern. Accidental deaths were most in 2014 which was 451757 and suicidal deaths were most in 2011, reporting to 135585. Suicidal deaths decreased from 2011 to 2014 but again increased in 2015. It is surprising to see that the number of suicides in India is more than a lakh per year. There can be several reasons for suicides like poverty, farmer suicides, love failure, not getting what desired, exam failure, frustration, depression etc.

The number of accidental deaths is more than 4 lakh in a year which is alarming. What can be the root cause of accidents? Accident does not only mean road accident. Road accident is one of the type of accident. Broadly accident can be classified as natural calamity and unnatural causes. Natural calamity includes flood, earthquake, landslide, cyclone, avalanche etc. Unnatural cause includes air crash, fire, collapse of structure, explosion, traffic accident, stampede, factory/machine accidents, drowning etc. An accidental death due to natural calamity is much less than those of unnatural causes. The below table illustrates the accidental deaths due to natural and top five unnatural causes from 2011 to 2015.

Table 2: Accidental deaths due to Natural and Unnatural causes
S.No Cause of death 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
1. Natural Calamity 23690 22960 22759 20201 10510
2. Unnatural Causes
i)                    Drowning 29708 27558 30041 29903 29822
ii)                  Sudden Deaths 26649 28961 31278 26526 35023
iii)                Poisoning 29478 30748 29249 20587 26173
iv)                Traffic Accident 165072 168301 166506 169107 177423
v)                  Fire 24576 23281 22177 19513 17700
Source: National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

 

As it can be inferred from the above table, deaths due to unnatural cause is higher than the natural calamity. The five unnatural cause depicted in the above table are drowning, sudden deaths, poisoning, traffic accident and fire. Of the five major causes, traffic accident accounts for the highest number of deaths which is more than one and half lakh. This makes one thing clear that road traffic accidents is a serious issue prevailing in India. It can be seen that road traffic accident have increased in these five years. It resulted in 177423 deaths in the year 2015. What can be the main reason behind such traffic deaths? Some of the reasons can be:

  • Not obeying the traffic rules.
  • Driving the vehicle above the specified speed limit.
  • Crossing the road without looking at the signal.
  • Driving vehicle in hurry, tension, depression.
  • Drinking while driving (drink and drive) etc.

The other causes of accidental deaths like fire, poisoning, drowning, etc also accounts for major proportion. Natural calamity is beyond our control but what about the deaths due to unnatural causes and suicides? If you combine the accidental deaths and suicidal deaths, it is more than 4.5 lakh per year. This figure is very high and startling. Isn’t it a big jolt for all of us ???

Generally, people ignore the accidental death. Many people drive ruthlessly on road to pretend themselves to be the hero of an action movie but they don’t think for a while that such driving may harm others on road and themselves as well. Speedy driving has become a fashion in India which is not feasible at all. What is your opinion on such accidental deaths and suicides in India ? What is the major cause behind such deaths and what should be done in order to curb such miss-happenings? Do share your views…

– Ashish Kumar

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Your presence is felt everywhere…


Your weird look is also cute.
Compelling me to salute.
I wonder how you make such expressions.
That buries all my tension.
Your presence is a motivation.
Allowing me to move in your direction.
Whether you are here or there.
Your presence is felt everywhere.
I know you too feel the same.
Not showing because of shame.
I am there for you always.
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You never disclosed your feelings.
Residing away you feel your presence.
Miles away I feel your essence.
Trust and understanding binds us together.
Residing in each others heart we will live forever.
Your problems are mine.
My happiness is yours.
As of now, we are not here.
But…
Whether you are here or there.
Your presence is felt everywhere.
Your presence is felt everywhere.

– Ashish Kumar

The spirit to fight…


The spirit to fight is required.
In the time which is undesired.
Running away is not the solution.
Even though you are in tension.
During the midst of light and dark.
People will continue to bark.
Leave the taunting words aside.
Fight and make the situation at your side.
Fighting spirit is needed sometime.
At the inception of bad time.
Tough decisions need to be taken.
Rather than to keep the mind shaken.
Be strong and bold.
In order to carry the load.
Listen to the voice of your conscience.
This will provide you the proper sign.
Fight and fight…
Convert inconvenient to convenient.
As…
The spirit to fight is required.
In the time which is undesired.

– Ashish Kumar

What should I think…


More work and less day.
Want to go on my own way.
Trying to get rid of it.
The more I try, the more I stick.
Paving the way to lose something.
I am not able to think.

Experiencing the thorny situation.
I am having some tension.
Being in dilemma for time.
I am losing my time.
My mind is not able to think.
And my eyes stopped to blink.

I have to take a risk to rise.
Rather than to be in disguise.
Bad moments are my friends now.
Got habituated to deal with them now.
I need to think.
But the question is what?
The pain remains.
The dirt persists.
That I need to revert and resist.
Hoping for that morning to come.
I am waiting for that sun to rise and come.
But for the present…
What should I think ?

thinking

– Ashish Kumar

Fire in water


Leave the tension aside.
Just move on your side.
Pave the way for better tomorrow.
Lets have no space for sorrow.

Enjoy each and every moment.
Try to create a worthy moment.
Life have so many layers inside.
Its up to us how we keep ourselves intact.

Shattering moments will come.
Those should be welcomed.
Fight with your full strength.
At the end you will get strength.

Life is all such.
Don’t take tension much.
Weather changes from time to time.
Don’t lose patience in hard time.
One has immense power.
No need to get shattered.
Introspect your strength.
As…
You can burn fire in water.
Be positive always.
That will create your way.
The road is long.
The goal is hanging in tower.
Move forward.
As…
You can burn fire in water.
Burn fire in water.

fire

– Ashish Kumar