Union minister Maneka Gandhi believes men do not commit suicide and even says she hasn’t heard of a single such case. Her answer to a query, during a Facebook Live session, about the government’s initiative to reduce suicide rates among men has left several people fuming.
The Union women and child development minister said, “Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide — I have not heard/read of a single case.”
However, the data, in fact, leaves her in a pickle. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2015, as many as 1,33,623 suicides were reported in the country, of which 91,528 (68%) were by men and 42,088 were by women. Of the 86,808 married persons who committed suicide in 2015, 64,534 (74%) were men, the NCRB data states.
The minister, through the three-hour long chat on the social media site, was pilloried by people for being “anti- men” and spent most part of the chat trying to answer questions the over the issue.