Low rates of pesticide suicides in Bihar

Sanjiv Phansalkar, Huffington Post

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in India, especially in the 15-29-year age group. Interestingly, the better developed and governed states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh show a higher incidence of suicides (number of suicides per 100,000 population) than the relatively backward states. Bihar, for instance, shows a suicide rate that is under 1 per 100,000 of the population.

.... In this set of factors, we may perhaps find the real culprit. Deadly pesticides, including horrible, poisonous organo-phosphoric formulations, are used to a far greater extent in the drylands than in flood-prone Bihar...