K S Balasubrahmanian said the main reason for suicide among policemen is the pressure from media, civil society and political bosses

Kerala stands third in police suicides state to revise stress management sessions
news Monday, May 09, 2016 - 09:06

The Kerala government is planning to launch a new syllabus for academy training including lessons to maintain mental fitness considering that 31 policemen committed suicide in the state from 2012-2014.

According to data released by the Union Home Ministry, Kerala is in 3rd position among states with maximum number of police suicides. Tamil Nadu (116) and Karnataka (39) hold first and second position.  

“We already have yoga and stress handling modules in the basic training course for fresh recruits. But a revised syllabus, which is under the consideration of the government, will give more focus to yoga and stress-handling techniques,“ IG (Training) Suresh Rajpurohit told The Times of India while responding to the problem.

Acoording to former police chief K S Balasubrahmanian, the main reason for suicide among policemen is the pressure from media, civil society and political bosses, especially during investigations, said former state police chief K S Balasubrahmanian, ToI reports.

However, state police chief TP Senkumar opines that workload due to lack of enough manpower also puts police personnel under pressure.

“Whenever a new law is introduced, the policemen are bound to undertake a new task on the basis of the law. But there is no proportionate increase of manpower in the force. If the force strength is increased proportionally with increasing workload and the policemen are given systematic leaves to recuperate, 80% of such cases of suicide can be averted,“ state police chief T P Senkumar told ToI.

 

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