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Opting Out Of Life

Women from India form Britain's highest suicide-risk group

Opting Out Of Life
Opting Out Of Life
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HE statistics are alarming. Consider this: Asian women in Britain aged between 15HE statistics are alarming. Consider this: Asian women in Britain aged between 15 and 34 are exceptionally suicide-prone. Young Hindu women emigrants are three times as likely to commit suicide as their British counterparts. Indian women and East African women of Indian origin account for the overall high rate of suicide among Asians. Of these, 83 per cent are Hindus. Most are married and one in five commits suicide by setting herself a fire.

A recent University of Surrey study shows that high vulnerability marks the emigre Asian woman in UK. Dr Veena Soni Raleigh, who conducted the study, ascribes the 'high risk of self-harm' in young Indian women to family and community pressures, which are accentuated by the multi-cultural environment. And although Bangladeshi and Pakistani women are no better off, their suicide rate is low because Islam proscribes suicide.

The very fact of belonging to a minority compounds pressure on Asian women. "Racial...

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