National Crime Records Bureau ( NCRB) in its data released for the year 2021 reveals that one suicide occurred in every four incidents in India happens to be connected to daily wagers. The report “Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India” records that 42.004 suicides out of a total of 1,64,033 during 2021 were from the daily wage-earner group.
The deaths by suicide among daily wage-earners had been in steady increase over the years, signifying unsurmountable living conditions they have to put up with. It is striking that the deaths by suicide amongst daily wage-earners since 2014 have doubled. While in 2014. the daily wage-earners amounted to 12% of the total suicides, it has reached 25.06% in 2021.
Though the incremental change in increasing percentage has decreased over the years, the suicides among this professional group have seen a steady increase nonetheless since 2014. from 2017 to 2021, it has leapt from 12% to 17.8, 19.2, 22.1, 22.4, 23.4, 24.6 and 25.6 percentages year by year.
What is more worrying is that while the total number of suicides has increased by 7.17% at the national level between 2020 to 2021, whereas the deaths by suicide among the vulnerable group of daily wage-earners have increased by 11.52%. It is also significant that the report does not include agricultural labour in this category.
Agricultural labourers are included in the category ” persons engaged in the farming sector”. In this category, 10881 suicide deaths are recorded showing a sharp rise in the number of agricultural labourers’ deaths. The figure was 4324 in 2019, 5098 in 2020 and 5318 in 2021.
Apart from the finding on Suicide deaths, the NCRB report throws important light on several other indicators as well.
- Gujarat Records the highest number of custodial deaths for the second consecutive year.
- Uttar Pradesh ranks first in road fatalities in 2021with with 18,972 casualties in 18,228 accidents. Nationwide, road accidents claimed 1.55 lakh lives in 2021.
- Rajasthan reported the highest number of rape cases at 5,310 and 6,337 in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
- Most cybercrimes in 2021 reported from Telangana, NCRB data shows
According to the latest NCRB report with data from 2021, Telangana ranked first in the total number of cyber crimes recorded, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
- With 10303 cases, the highest number of cyber crimes in India in the year 2021 were reported from Telangana.