436 personnel in CAPFs committed suicide in the last three years, says Indian government
The Indian government has released data indicating that 436 personnel from CAPFs have died by suicide over the last three years.
The CAPFs include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and National Security Guard (NSG).
The government attributed the suicides to various reasons, including personal and domestic problems, illness, substance abuse, financial problems, and work-related stress.
Of the 436 personnel who died by suicide, 183 belonged to the CRPF, followed by the BSF (102), CISF (73), ITBP (44), SSB (23), and NSG (11).
In response to the data, the government has stated that it has taken several measures to address the issue of suicide among CAPF personnel, including setting up a 24x7 helpline, providing counseling services, and conducting yoga and meditation sessions.
The government has also stated that it is working to improve the working conditions and living standards of CAPF personnel to address their grievances.
The issue of suicide among CAPF personnel has been a cause for concern for several years, with many attributing it to the high-stress environment, long working hours, and lack of proper support systems.