Suicide Cases

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Suicide…the word “suicide” itself has negative connotation attached to it. According to www.dictionary.com, suicide can be defined as the intentional taking of one’s life. However, this definition is too brief to cover all aspects of suicides. What type of action can actually be considered as suicide? Social behaviours in countries across the globe are different, hence there exists differences regarding definition of suicide. For instance, in Japanese culture, there are fundamentally two types of suicide: honourable and dishonourable suicide. Honourable suicide is considered as a way of safeguarding the image of one’s family after a member has been found guilty of treacherous actions such as theft or dropping out of college, or to save the country as in the case of kamikaze pilots in WWII. On the other hand, dishonourable suicide occurs when one takes away his or her life for private reasons in a bid to break free from some struggles or troubles. The way Japanese see suicide may be one of the main reasons which contribute towards its high suicide rates. On the other hand, in Malaysian culture, more often than not, suicide is defined as a person taking is or her life intentionally. Majority of Malaysians feel that suicide is a hideous action and committing or attempting suicide is considered as a crime in Malaysia. We opine that those who are mulling over suicide or are attempting suicide, are not in their right state of mind. At that point of time, they may think that suicide is the best solution to their problems, but in actual fact, it is not. Therefore, whenever anyone sees anybody trying to commit suicide in Malaysia, they will do all they can to stop the person from doing so. Suicide is one of the ten leading causes of death in the world, accounting for more than 400,000 deaths annually. The pattern of suicide and the incidence of suicide deviate from country to country. Cultural, religious and social values play some role in suicide. Compared to the...
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