A new study published in The Lancet reveals that suicide has become the second most common reason for death among the younger generation in India with more people committing suicide in the country compared to those in the west.
The study was conducted by researchers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who found that nearly half of the total number of suicide deaths in India had occurred in individuals aged between 15 to 29 years.
The southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh accounted for 42 percent of suicides among men and 40 percent of suicides among women in 2010.
Lead researcher Vikram Patel said that one of the major reasons for high rate of suicides could be the rapidity of social change in the country. "Young educated Indians from the richer states of India are killing themselves in numbers that are almost the highest in the world. There can't be any other explanation -- it has to do something with social change, the rapidity of social change and its potential impact on educated young people", he said.