‘Not getting leave triggering suicidal behaviour among troops’

NEW DELHI: Not getting timely leave is one of the factors triggering suicidal behaviour among troops, according to a study conducted by a defence research institute.

The findings of the study conducted by Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) were mentioned in Rajya Sabha by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, while replying to a question on reasons for suicides by troops.

“DIPR has found in its studies that not getting timely leave was one of the stress factors triggering suicidal behaviour,” he said.

A total of 418 armed forces personnel committed suicide in the last four years with a maximum of 335 such cases reported in the Army, as per official data.

Bhamre said posting in difficult areas has not been highlighted as a factor for suicides among the troops. (AGENCIES)