CHITRAL: Speakers at a consultative meeting here said major causes of suicide among youth were unemployment, poverty, failure in marriage as per desire, excessive use of drugs, misuse of social media and deviation from Islamic teachings and social norms.
The meeting, “Rising incidents of suicides among youth in Chitral’ was organized by the district police and was chaired by DPO retired Capt Mansoor Aman. The meeting was attended by members of civil society organisations, religious leaders and academicians.
The speakers said religious leaders and teachers should sensitize parents to keep check on their children and encourage them to freely discuss with them the issues of different natures. They said distance between children and parents pushed the frustrated youth to take the extreme step of committing suicide.
They said special lectures and brainstorming sessions should be held in schools and colleges in such a way that the students might disseminate the message to the society in large and create an environment in which the youth might despise the act of suicide and might not think it as one of the sources of relief from worries.
The DPO said that police had already taken steps to arrest to control incidents of suicides that included setting up of Darul Aman under the aegis of social welfare department and zero tolerance towards drugs peddling in the district.
Published in Dawn, April 25th, 2018