On average, 10
Iranians commit suicide each day and the suicide rate is climbing at a disturbing rate (up 17% in the last two years).
Ahmad Shaja’i, the country’s chief of forensic medicine, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that suicides increased nearly 5% since last year, with 952 Iranians taking their lives during the first quarter of the Iranian year, which began in March, compared with 870 the same time last year. More than 70% of the suicides were men.
The high suicide rate is attributed to the high levels of stress Iranians face today – both social and economic – there is an estimated 30% unemployment rate – as well as the growing political unrest as secular Iranians struggle against the oppressive regime.
“The government seems intent on crushing any sign of joy and happiness among Iranians,” Potkin Azarmehr, an Iranian blogger and opposition activist living in London.
This was clearly evident when the morality police arrested 17 young Iranians for having a water pistol fight on a steaming hot summer’s day.