Suicide of more than 5000 Iranians in 2019
Human Rights in Iran – Saturday, June 20th 2020 / More than 5000 people lost their lives in 2019 in consequence of suicide in Iranian cities.This statistic is announced while showing the lack of hope for life and the lack of appropriate mechanisms for social security and creating a hopeful atmosphere for life in Iran.
According to Human Rights in Iran quoting from the Tasnim News Agency, today on Saturday, June 20th 2020, Masoud Ghadi Pasha, deputy minister of Medicine and Laboratory of the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization announced the suicide of 5,143 Iranian citizens in 2019 and compared this figure with the same period in 2018 with 8 tenth of a percent growth. On the other hand the officials in charge of Legal Medicine Organization announced the registration of 85,357 cases of spousal abuse in the Legal Medicine centers during 2019.
Explaining this issue, the deputy minister of Medicine and Laboratory of Iranian Legal Medicine said: “Out of 5,143 people who committed suicide in 2019, 1,517 cases are related to women and the rest 3,626 people are related to men’s suicide.”
“In terms of population, the highest suicide rates are in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Ilam and Kermanshah provinces, and the lowest are in Khorasan Razavi, South Khorasan and Baluchistan provinces”, the official in charge of Iranian Legal Medicine mentioned.
“The most common method of suicide was hanging and then using toxins”, the official said. “Also most of suicides were between 30 and 30 years old, and the rest were between 18 and 24 years old”.
Abbas Masjedi Arani, the head of Iranian Legal Medicine organization, regarding the suicide statistics in the country said: “The upward trend of suicide in the last 10 years, from 2009 to 2019, is a serious alarm for economic, social and cultural spheres and the health system must take urgent measures in this regard”.
During the meeting, Ghadi Pasha added about the statistics of the cases related to spousal abuse: “Last year, 85,357 cases of spousal abuse were filed in the Legal Medicine organization of which 3,733 were related to men and 81,624 were related to women.”
“Of course in the discussion of spousal and child abuse, we consider this statistic to be a claim, meaning that it is not possible to save for sure whether the spousal abuse and child abuse have taken place”, said the deputy minister of the country’s Medicine and Laboratory Organization.
Enjoying adequate social security is one of the issues in International Human Rights Instruments. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Iran is one of the signatories of this internationally recognized document stipulates:
“(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”