New Delhi: Suicides by businessmen rose sharply last year, driven by financial distress during the pandemic, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.
As many as 11,716 businessmen died by suicide in 2020 against 10,677 farmers the same year, data shows. While 4,356 of these suicides were of “tradesmen”, 4,226 were of “vendors”.
According to the NCRB, suicides in this category increased by 50 per cent compared to 2019.
The overall suicide figure in the country, meanwhile, has increased by 10 per cent to 1,53,052, the highest ever.