The rate of suicides among adolescents in Mauritius, has taken an alarming proportion. People prefer to speak and comment about the suicides, rather than going to the root of the problem. What can really be the cause of these suicides? Is it psychological?
The Mauritius police has enlisted four cases of suicide in the 1st four months of the year 2012: one boy and 3 girls. Till date, no concrete results have been obtained from the enquiries related to these suicides.
Saturday, the 21st of April, a 19 year old girl tried to end her life at Rose Hill during the night. The police was immediately alerted when this act of despair was found and she was immediately conveyed to Princess Margaret Orthopedic Centre. There, she was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. The preliminary results showed that she swallowed some abrasive substance. Being an suicide attempt, the police opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances that led her to commit this act.
However, the list is endless. Many other minor cases were recorded and the police believes that there must be hundreds of suicide attempts among youngsters, not reported and masked by parent.
Mixing Paracetamol with Coca Cola, a syringe in the vein, using blades on the wrist and swallowing pills have, to our dismay, become tools to easy escape from problems.
Manifold are the reasons for suicide, inter alia are sexual abuses, parents issues and school pressures. But the more pronounced and stupid reason is love problems. Following heartbreak or a simple fight between love birds, youngsters, especially girls will revert to suicide.
According to the President of Rama Sena- a civic association, Ishwar Jugessur believes this is the result of mismanagement in framing the youngsters. Youngsters are vulnerable and have immature minds and hence, they have an inclination for suicides in moments of desperation. He evokes the need for parents to be more attentive to their children’s needs. He also points out the degradation of human values among the youngster.
On his part, Kushal Lobine, legal advisor of the movement, shows that mothers becoming addicted to t.v serials may have a negative impact on their offspring as sometimes suicides form an integral part of these serials if we skip the traditional Romeo- Juliette and Laila-Majnu, of course.
Four suicides in four months only is terrible and calls for serious actions. It is sad how our so called ‘well-wishers’ are only preoccupied by the 1st May meeting rather than the ongoing problems.