Suicide in Bangladesh

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Suicide in Bangladesh is a common cause of unnatural death and a long term social issue. Of all the people reported dead due to suicide worldwide every year, 2.06% are Bangladeshi.[1]


According to a report by the World Health Organization 19,697 people committed suicide in Bangladesh in 2011.[1] According to Police Headquarters 11,095 people committed suicide in Bangladesh in 2017.[2] According to a report by Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, published in 2010, around 6,500,000 people of Bangladesh are prone to suicide. The rate is 128.08 people per 100,000 commit suicide in Bangladesh every year. The six-member team led by Dr AHM Feroz and Dr SM Nurul Islam of the medical college conducted the survey at Mominpur union of Chuadanga district from January to April 2010. But this has been noted that the above rate was assumed only based on survey conducted in one union which is not a good reflector of the total suicide rate in the whole country as total suicide rate per year is far less than what was mentioned in the report in the last couple of years.[3]

According to a report by The Daily Star, from 2002 to 2009, 73,389 people committed suicide in Bangladesh. Of these 73,389 people, 31,857 people hanged themselves and 41,532 swallowed poison to commit suicide.[4] Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha, a human rights group of Bangladesh shows that from January 2011 to August 2011, 258 people committed suicide, and of them, 158 were women and the remainder were men.[4]

Suicide of women[edit]

According to a 2010 report by Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, of the 128.08 per 100,000 people who committed suicide in 2010, 89% were women and most of them were unmarried.[3] Statistics from Jatiya Mahila Ainjibi Samity, a Bangladeshi women's organizations shows that from 2006 to 2010, 40 girls committed suicide as victims of stalking. From 2001 to 2010, 4,747 women and girls committed suicide because of physical and domestic violence.[4]

According to a report published in the Lancet published in BBC News, suicidal tendency among women in Bangladesh is higher, because they have inferior status in society. Another factor is a higher rate of illiteracy and their economic dependence on men.[5]

2007 Adam House cult suicide[edit]

In 2007, in Mymensingh, a family of 9 committed mass suicide by hurling themselves onto a train.[6] According to the diaries recovered from their home, they wanted a pure life as lived by Adam and Eve, freeing themselves from bondage to any religion.[7]

Common methods[edit]

Hanging is the most common method of suicide in Bangladesh. There is no cost involvement in this method other than ligature material, i.e., a rope, and thus that is why it is the preferred method.[8] Swallowing poison is another common method in Bangladesh to commit suicide. In urban areas, people follow other methods to commit suicide, such as by an overdose of barbiturate tablets, or by other means.


  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh Suicide". Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Suicide on the rise in Bangladesh". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ a b "Survey says Bangladesh's 6.5 million people of suicide-prone". Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "10,000 commit suicide a year". The Daily Star. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Bangladeshi women 'at risk of suicide'". BBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  6. ^ Selim, Nasima (2010). "An extraordinary truth? The Ādam "suicide" notes from Bangladesh". Mental Health, Religion & Culture. 13 (3): 223–244. doi:10.1080/13674670903061230.
  7. ^ "Mymensingh joint suicide defies common sense" (1). 12 July 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  8. ^ Ahmad, M; Hossain, MZ (14 March 2011). "Hanging as a Method of Suicide: Retrospective Analysis of Postmortem Cases". Journal of Armed Forces Medical College, Bangladesh. 6 (2). doi:10.3329/jafmc.v6i2.7273.