Iran-HRM – At least 84 people have attempted suicide in just one day in the Iranian capital, Tehran, according to the state-run Rokna news agency.
From Thursday, April 15 to Friday, April 16, 84 suicide attempts have been registered in different parts of Tehran, of which 12 suicides resulted in death.
According to the report, eight people committed suicide by self-mutilation, three by hanging themselves, 15 by poisoning and 11 by by drug overdose.
The report said 58 victims were taken to hospital after committing suicide, and 14 refused to go to hospital. One died at the scene and the others did not need to be taken to hospital.
At least 10 to 12 people have died and 74 have been rescued after being taken to hospitals.
Poverty and unemployment driving Iranians to suicide
The main causes of suicides in Iran are poverty and unemployment. Reports indicate that 11 out of 15 suicide cases were due to financial reasons.
State media also state that suicide rates are heavily affected by economic issues.
Iran hiding high rate of suicides
An Iranian sociologist said in November 2019 that officials refrained from announcing the high rate of suicides among residents of Ilam, a city in western Iran. Salar Kasraie said that women in the province had turned to committing suicide with pills and poison instead of self-immolations in a meeting on women in Ilam.
His remarks were covered by the state-run ILNA News Agency.
“Unfortunately, suicide rates in Ilam are not announced by the relevant authorities and this is a problem that I’ve had during my research into suicides among the people of Ilam,” he said in the meeting.
In June 2020, the state-run Jahan-e San’at daily said that suicides had increased by 23% in Iran.
The daily said that the increasing trend of suicides in Iran were a form of protest to poverty adding that this trend would soon turn into nationwide protests.
“By studying the map of the leading provinces in terms of the Misery Index in Iran, we can understand the ratio of inflation and unemployment to the occurrence of social protests,” the daily wrote on June 13.