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Emos and punks blamed for teenage suicides in Kazakhstan

31 october 2013, 00:11
©Marat Abilov
©Marat Abilov
Photo courtesy of first-ever.ru
Photo courtesy of first-ever.ru
Kazakhstan MPs are blaming the recent escalation of teenage suicides in Kazakhstan on emos and punks, Tengrinews reports.

"The teenage subcultures, alien to our mentalities, that are intruding our society are having a great impart on the teenagers. There are subcultures like punk, emo and others that target teenagers overridden by emotions and emotional unstable. Punks are aggressive, while emos preach depression, withdrawal and general suicidal behavior. And a those start like something small and insignificant," Galina Baimakhanova, member of the Majilis (Lower Chamber of the Kazakhstan Parliament) said in her address to the Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov.

School wares with symbols of these subcultures are widespread in Kazakhstan, she pointed out. "There are copybooks with emo symbols, sculls, guns and other weapons, odd and distorted human images and half-naked bodies," the MP continued.

Kazakhstan authorities are working hard to harness the wave of suicides, but the negative trends provoking the escalation persist. In this relation she called the Prime-Minister to take steps to remove the school wares with the said symbols from the Kazakhstan market.

Besides, she proposed to develop a nationwide project on prevention of teenage suicides and protection of children from violence. "We are asking you to consider introducing a special ombudsmen to protect the rights of children and teenagers in Kazakhstan," Baimakhanova said concluding her statement.

The People's Communists faction of the parliament and the Assembly of Peoples of Kazakhstan parliament group signed the statement.

Tengrinews has repeatedly reported about the strange wave of suicides distorting Kazakhstan. Most of the suicides were committed by young people, mostly high-school students. All of them were committed by jumping off high places. Some of the suicides were double suicides and involved couples holding hands during the jump.

The first double suicide of this series happened on May 28 when two teenagers jumped off a roof of a 12-storey building in Almaty. People who knew the jumpers said that they were planning the suicide and were part of an internet community of young suiciders.

A similar episode happened in the morning of June 11 in Temirtau town in Karaganda oblast when a couple jumped off a window of their fifth floor apartment. Later the same day a young married couple jumped off a fifth floor balcony of a multi-storey building in Aksu. The series continued on June 12 with a suicide of a 15-y.o. girl.

On June 7 a 19-y.o. student from Uralsk hung herself allegedly because of poor results of a university exams in the university. A young woman jumped off a window on the 5th floor after a fight with her husband in Taldykorgan on June 12. The next day a citizen of Ust-Kamenogorsk set himself on fire and jumped off a window of the 9th floor for unidentified reasons. On June 13 two young people attempted to jump off a roof of a 10-storey building in Pavlodar.

On June 17 a student of the 9th grade of Almaty school has jumped off the attic floor of a 5-storey building in Almaty. During investigation of the case it was found that the girl had been strangely interested in the suicide subject during some: she was adding and reposing statements about death, murders and suicides on her wall in social networks. She was a member of a group that was allegedly organized to help people get rid of thoughts about suicide. However, it seems just possible that the groups description was a cover for something absolutely different, as the community's moderator -- a young lady -- had "Sometimes you want to die just to see what happens after" for the title phrase in her status.

Some psychologists believe that a state of emergency should be declared in Kazakhstan over the recent surge of suicides in the country.

The most recent wave of suicides shook the western city of Aktau last week when four people committed suicide by jumping off their windows in the neighboring multi-storey buildings.

By Altynay Zhumzhumina

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