Indian CRPF Assistant Commandant commits suicide in occupied Kashmir
An Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer has committed suicide in Islamabad district in Occupied Kashmir.
According to media details, the officer, who killed himself, has been identified as an Assistant Commandant of the CRPF’s 40th Battalion, M Arvind (33), hailed from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
The officer ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle at his residence in Sadar area of the district.
The incident of suicide raised the number of suicide deaths among Indian troops and police personnel to 440 since January 2007.
The Indian armed forces continue to lose around 100 personnel to suicides every year despite government measures to reduce stress among soldiers.
Soldiers posted in far-flung areas often undergo tremendous mental stress for not being able to take care of the problems being faced by their families back home, which could range from property disputes and harassment by anti-social elements to financial and marital problems.
As many as 125 military personnel took the extreme step to end their lives in 2016. They included 101 soldiers, 19 airmen and five sailors, with another three cases of fratricide (to kill a fellow soldier or superior) being reported from the three Services.