South Korea is once again having to deal with the problem of increasing Suicide. The rate of suicide in South Korea has always been higher, but this year a new trend has been added to it. This year, while there have been cases of men committing suicide, the incidents of suicide of women have increased rapidly. Especially in women between 20 and 30 years of age, this rate has been recorded more.
The Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post quoted South Korea’s National Police Agency as saying that 1,924 women committed suicide in the first six months of this year. This number is seven percent higher than the same period last year. The nation’s attention to this problem came in November, when four women between the ages of 20 and 30 were found unconscious on a hill. It was later revealed that they had decided to commit suicide collectively while talking in an internet chat room.
Now this problem is being considered so serious in South Korea that the government there has declared women aged between 20 and 30 as suicide risk groups. Last year, Prime Minister Chung Si-kyun formed a committee under his own chairmanship to consider the problem, which included South Korea’s gender, health and education ministers. Also, such hoardings have been placed at special places in South Korea, in which messages related to the importance of life and maintaining hope have been written.
But the question is why women are committing suicide in such large numbers in South Korea. South Korea has a population of about 125 million. The suicide rate is higher than most developed or developing countries compared to this population. In the Suicide Prevention Committee meeting last month, Prime Minister Chung said – It is difficult to say what will be the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic in a country which already has a higher rate of suicides than the rest of the world. He pointed out that the suicide rate has gone up over the decades.
South Korea was severely affected by the Asian foreign exchange crisis in 1997–98 and the financial crisis within its country. There was a huge increase in the suicide rate then. Most experts now believe that the corona epidemic has worsened the situation.
Neighboring country Japan is also reported to have increased suicides among youth. According to a survey published in the Tokyo Times Japan Times recently, at least four out of every ten young men from 19 March 2020 have thought of committing suicide at some point. Comparing a similar survey conducted two years ago, it was evident that the number of young people going in this mood has registered a ten-fold increase this year.
Jae-wook, a researcher associated with the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education, told the newspaper South China Morning Post that depression and suicidal thinking are currently at a dangerous threshold among young people. He said that in the midst of the epidemic, young people with mental problems need immediate attention. Some other experts have said that epidemics cannot be the reason for the increased tendency of self-murder among women of 20 to 30 years. They say that the problem of getting employment for women of this age is already continuing before the epidemic.
According to researcher Kim Young-taek of the Korean Women’s Development Institute, the main reason for such incidents is economic. Women have been committing more suicides than men since the recession of 2008, due to the lack of money and social resources. Both these things are considered essential for better health.
Unemployment has increased in South Korea during the Corona epidemic. In October this year, the number of employed people was 4 lakh 21 thousand less than the previous year. Among women, this number was reduced to two lakh 83. Whereas it had declined by just one lakh 9 thousand among men. Many experts are of the opinion that in employment and social status, this is the main reason for increasing incidents of suicides among non-equal women.