Editorial | Kashmir’s another pandemic

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Hardly a day passes without the news of a man or a woman attempting to commit or committing suicide. In a region burdened by tragedies, these near-daily reports of suicides are illustrative of Kashmir’s another pandemic and failure of society and administration to take measures to help prevent such incidents.

Any person attempting to end his or her life is reflective of a deeply scarred and troubled society. No lives should have such a devastating end which leaves the families with a perpetual trauma. The increase in suicides in recent months is also indicative of the impact of recurrent lockdowns which has led to economic distress as well as worsened cases of domestic violence – physical or mental.

In such a scenario, it is important for society to come together and join hands at multiple levels. There should be an urgency within the societal, political and administrative circles to face this challenge. The ulemas should also take a frontal role in discouraging and arresting this abominable trend.

The healthcare departments should also waste no time and acknowledge this growing problem and initiate counter measures. The young lives are at stake and there should be an urgency from every responsible quarter of the society.

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