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Suicide Mortality Rates across States of India, 1975-2001

States of India, 1975-2001 A Statistical Note SRIJIT MISHRA Suicide data in India is compiled through police records. This is available in an annual publication Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), ministry of home affairs, New Delhi. A time series data for suicides across states by sex was compiled from this data for the period 1975 to 2001.1 To make comparison possible, the number of suicides has to be normalised with the population for the age group 5+ years, as suicide is medically not defined for the age group 0-4 years. Using population data for census years, the inter-censal population has been interpolated and adjusted for sub-group consistency. For instance, 1971 and 1981 Censuses were used to interpolate from 1972 to 1980 and similarly for 1981-1991 and 1991-2001. This has been done in the following manner.

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