Minister urges action to prevent suicides
Santo Domingo.- In the first half of this year 298 people committed suicide in the Dominican Republic, representing an increase of 29.3% compared with 2012 when 156 ended their lives during the same period, according to reports from the Citizen Safety Watchdog.
Interior and Police Minister José Ramón Fadul described the situation as alarming and said that “it could increase in the second half of the year, when more people attempt suicide.”
Fadul said that 639 people committed suicide in 2011 and 641 in 2012, which in his judgment should lead the Government to turn its attention to the causes behind this behavior in Dominican society.
“The security policy that we are implementing should also deal with the causes, not just of crime but of social co-existence, the lack of opportunities, of education and other elements linked to integration,” said Fadul.
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