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Suicide prevention in India: Considering religion and culture 

Suicide prevention in India: Considering religion and culture
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Suicide prevention in India: Considering religion and culture
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Lakshmi Vijayakumar

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10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0108
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date: 22 August 2019

India is the seventh largest country in the world and the largest democracy. The population of India is 1.08 billion, which means that one in every six human beings are Indian. There are twenty-eight states and seven Union Territories, eighteen official languages and eight hundred dialects. India is truly a multicultural, multilingual, multi-religious melting pot.

India is now emerging as an economic power. The software and IT sector, modernization of telecommunications and increased pace of privatization, has brought about a paradigm shift in the lifestyle of the urban Indian. However, the growth is not equitable, and the urban/rural divide is wide. There is also a huge disparity in the availability of infrastructure and resources, not only between the different states of India, but also within a state. As an illustration, there are only 60 doctors per 100,000 population, but there are 50 Internet users per 1000 population. Suicide is an important issue in this emerging Indian context.

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