Iran’s suicide crisis: “Every 16 days, one person commits suicide”
The Etemad daily reported on August 2 that “288 people committed suicide” in Iran over the course of the previous Persian calendar year. It now appears that this trend has gotten worse over the past few months as a result of the nation’s deteriorating financial situation. In fact, the Iranian people have no other means of expressing their rage at the mismanagement and failure of the Iranian regime than with their lives. Around 100,000 people committed suicide in 2018, according to the head of the Health Ministry’s anti-suicide program 2019. This official claims that within three years, the suicide rate rose from 94 to 125 per 100,000 people.
Among the crucial factors of this increasing trend are; the rise in unemployment, the decline in families’ income, the decline in purchasing power, the diminishing of social capital, the disruption of public trust, and ongoing socio-political unrest.
Given that numerous attempts do not result in immediate death, the situation is actually worse than it appears. For instance, those who use poison tablets, jump from buildings, hang themselves, or shoot themselves in the head will probably perish right now, but few do.
The most painful method of suicide is self-immolation. Self-immolation is characterized as a form of social protest by psychologists and behavioral scientists. The person’s hopes for a better and decent life have been dashed as a result of a protest against the entire system of government.
Eight employees have committed suicide in the past 70 days as a result of being fired from their jobs, having their employment agreements misunderstood, or being unable to cover basic costs. Thousands of employees, retirees, teachers, and other wage earners have been protesting for their unpaid wages at the same time. This is taking place while their salaries have not yet been raised to reflect the rapidly rising inflation rate.
On May 22, one of the contract employees of the Golestan tobacco factory in the northern city of Gorgan was discovered outside the factory office after self-immolating. According to the provincial emergency chief, the victim was a 50-year-old man with 60% burns.
His coworkers reported that he had 20 years of experience as a truck driver. After an incident occurred on the factory grounds, he was called before the disciplinary committee and disciplined. He was moved to another sector by the management team. As a form of self-mutilation, this poor employee burned himself while denouncing the managers’ degrading actions.
Due to financial difficulties, a 30-year-old worker committed suicide on July 30 in Hani-van City, in the western province of Ilam, and a day later, a contract worker for Lahijan’s Water & Sewage Organization committed suicide outside the organization in the northern province of Gilan. Officials ignored his demands because he was already suspended. The victim was a contour writing employee who had been suspended by his employers two months prior, according to the organization’s CEO.