According to media reports, a thirteen year old Christian kiln worker, Kashif Masih committed suicide in Samundari on Friday, January 29, 2016.
Faisalabad’s district Samundari is notorious for the many brick kilns where poverty and consequent bonded labour is
common. In such situations, Kasif Masih who worked at a brick kiln in Samundari left the job due to conflict with the kiln owner. The thirteen year old then went on to look for another job in the area but failed to do so. When the situation got worse, Masih asked the locals to help his family who refused the do so.
Due to the harsh turn of the events, that Kashif could not bear, he went to near-by fields and hung himself by a tree.
Suicide is a multi-dimensional disorder, which results from a complex interaction of biological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors, says a psychiatrist of Sir Cowasji Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry (SCJ) Hyderabad Dr Darya Khan Laghari.
In a country like Pakistan where growing economic instability, especially poverty, has forced people to sell their children and body organs, he says that the reasons behind increasing rate of suicides could be understandable.
According to data revealed by the regional directorates of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human rights in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, he informs that 50 per cent of the suicides are committed due to poverty and economic hardships.
Dr Laghari also says that Pakistan has witnessed a drastic increase in the number of suicides but the problem is that it does not collect national suicide statistics nor report them to WHO (World Health Organization) so due to that it has become very difficult to compile global suicide statistics thus making the planning of prevention programmes, almost impossible.
Whether or not any other factors were involved in the case is yet to be determined but the loss of a young life cannot be compensated.