A 27-year-old man in the Indian state of Karnataka who tried to kill himself via hanging died after the noose he was using broke, and he ended up crashing to the ground, according to reports.
The man, identified by police as local power wool worker V Nagendra Prasad, attempted to hang himself from a tree near the Bhagat Singh Playground in the city of Doddaballapura Sunday night, the Times of India reported.
Prasad, a computer science graduate, was upset after his parents repeatedly asked him to stop wasting money and take responsibility for the family, police said.
He went to the park and tried to tie his head garment into a noose, but it gave way during his suicide attempt and resulted in Prasad crashing to the ground.
Prasad sustained a severe head injury and was found dead Monday morning.
What happened to his body afterward was not clear.
A total of 164,033 suicides were reported in India in 2021, a 7.2% increase from the previous year, according to data provided by the country’s National Crime Records Bureau.
“[M]any suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.
Self-hanging, using pesticides and firearms or jumping off bridges and in front of trains are the major means by which suicide is carried out in India, according to the organization.
Risk factors for suicide reportedly include the experience of loss, loneliness, discrimination, a relationship break-up, financial problems, chronic pain and illness, violence, abuse and conflict or other humanitarian emergencies.
While the WHO has described suicide in India as “an emerging and public health issue,” it also noted that the deaths are “preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions.”
“A strengthened system for quality data on suicides (attempted and deaths) from vital registration, hospital-based systems and other surveys for formulating policies and subsequent monitoring are effective suicide prevention initiatives,” the organization said.
“Strengthening life-skill trainings and counseling in educational institutions, workplace, etc. further supplement prevention policies,” the WHO added.
If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.