Indians top list of suicides in Dubai

Indians and other south Asians have the highest suicide rate in Dubai and men emerged as the main victims of self-killing, according to a police study.

The study by the Dubai police department showed 35 people killed themselves in the emirate in the first nine months of 2011 while 37 attempted suicide.

The study expected the total suicide cases through 2011 to be lower than in 2010 and 2009, when 83 and 89 people committed suicide respectively.

“The study shows that Asians are the main victims of suicide cases in the emirate as they accounted for nearly 90 per cent of the total suicide cases in the first nine months of this year,” said colonel Jamal Al Jallaf, deputy director of the Dubai department of detectives and criminal investigation.

“Indians top the list as they accounted for around 74 per cent, followed by Bangladeshis at 7.8 per cent and Pakistanis at 5.6 per cent.”

Quoted by the Dubai-based daily Emirat Alyoum, Jallaf said suicide cases are relatively low in the emirate as they formed just around 0.1 per cent of the total criminal reports received by the Dubai police.

He said the study found that there were many causes of suicide, including emotional or psychological problems, financial trouble and death of children, referring to the Iranian woman who jumped to her death from her apartment on the eighth floor after her little son fell to his death through the window.

Another mother of Arab nationality stabbed herself to death after learning that her teen age son was killed in a traffic accident in the emirate.

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