In 2020, 1.49 lakh individuals died due to COVID-19, whereas the National Crime Record Bureau data shows 1.53 lakh people died by suicide in India.
The 2020 report, which covers the months of January to December 2020, indicates an increase in suicide deaths. NCRB data shows that the total number of deaths due to suicide in 2020 was 1,53,052, while Statista, during the same period, recorded 1,49,018 deaths due to COVID-19 as of December 31, 2020.
The 2020 report released on October 28 by NCRB shows a rise in deaths by 10 percent from 2019. In India, Maharashtra records the highest number of suicide with 19,909 cases; Tamil Nadu holds second place with 16,883 cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Karnataka with 14,578, 13,103, and 12,259, respectively.
Male-dominated in the suicidal rates with 1,085,32 including 33,164 daily wagers followed by 15,990 self-employed persons and 12,893 unemployed people. In comparison, 44,498 females died by suicide, including 22,372 homemakers, followed by 5,559 students and 4,493 daily wage earners.
The leading causes of suicide among minors (below 18 years of age) were ''Family Problems'' (4,006), ''Love Affairs'' (1,337), and ''Illness'' (1,327). Some people died by suicide for various reasons, including ideological motives or hero-worship, unemployment, impotence or infertility, and drug misuse.
Hindustan Times reports that the 153,052 suicides are the highest number since 1967, the earliest year for which information is available. This figure climbed by 10 percent over the previous year, making it the fourth-biggest rise since 1967. In 2020, the number of suicide fatalities was 11.3 per lakh population-adjusted. While this is the highest rate in ten years, the previous high was 11.4 in 2010, it reports.
Based on the available evidence, it is true that more individuals died of suicide than COVID-19 in India in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.