Udta Sikkim: The sorry tale of the state's incredibly high suicide rate

The sorry tale of Sikkim's drug abuse record

FP Staff March 23, 2017 15:14:48 IST

With a population of a little over 600,000 people, Sikkim is India’s least-populated state and the smallest after Goa.It's India’s third-richest state (after Delhi and Chandigarh) in terms of per capita income and enjoys a high literacy rate.

That's probably why suicide is not something you'd associate with this lush North Eastern outpost. Yet, Sikkim’s suicide rate was 37.5 per 100,000 people in 2015. Which is more than triple the Indian average of 10.6 and way above the global average of 11.4.There are 1,026 injecting users registered by the National AIDS Control Organisation and oral drug abuse is spiking.

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