Muscat/Mumbai: Low wages and unpaid bank loans are the reasons why Indians working in Oman made up majority of suicides in the oil rich Gulf state. It is found after data released by the Public Prosecution revealed that Indians made up 15 out of the 25 suicides registered in 2016.
Ahmad Al Kharousi, a sociologist, said that suicide cases are most common among those belonging to blue-collar workers who have low wages, according to Gulf News.
“Low wages and unpaid bank loans are the common triggers for suicide, thinking that they would be relieved of the burden,” Al Kharousi told Gulf News.
Al Kharousi stressed that more campaigns were needed to help people cope with psychological illnesses.“Giving those with financial burden access to entertainment could bring down the suicide rate,” he said.
Article 274 of Omani Penal Law prohibits people from committing suicide or attempting suicide or even aiding or abetting someone to commit suicide.
At present, there are 448,000 Indian migrant workers in Oman, constituting almost 20% of Oman's total population which stands at 2.3 million. The report by Public Prosecution notwithstanding the Indian community in Oman is regarded to be among the prosperous communities in the country.
Back home, World Health Organisation (WHO) had in 2014 reported that India had highest number of suicides in the world.
In another report published in 2015, it was found that 15 people commit suicide in India every hour. According to the Indian government report released the same year over 1.31 laks people had ended their lives in 2014.
Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) also said that as many as 69.7 per cent of those who committed suicide had an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh while one out of every six persons who took the extreme step last year was a housewife.