Tuesday, October 06, 2009

250 suicides committed during past 4 months

Two hundred and fifty persons have committed suicide in the Kurunegala district during the past four months.

According to D. K. Amarasinghe, City Coroner, Kurunegala, 98 per cent of these suicides have been committed by eating poisonous seeds. Most of them were in the age group of 15 to 25 years. Most of the suicides committed by eating poisonous seeds were reported from Polpithigama, Maho, Ganewatta, Wellawa and Gokarella areas.

"During the last two weeks I had to hold inquiries into 12 such deaths. Reasons like broken love affairs, unemployment and poverty have led to these deaths. We all should get together and implement special programmes to make the young males and females aware of the value of human life. Otherwise the number of such deaths will increase," the City Coroner said.

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