Four suicides in one week in neighboring houses shake Aktau

20 september 2013, 18:33
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Four people have committed suicide by jumping off their windows in the neighboring multi-storey buildings in Aktau, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.

“The first case happened five days ago: a man jumped off a window of his apartment on the fifth floor. Then a man fell of the window on the seventh floor in the neighboring building. Then a woman jumped off the window on the third floor in another neighboring building. Then a 28-y.o. woman jumped off a window of the same apartment on the fifth floor that a man jumped from the day before,” a source in the law-enforcement authorities said.

Meanwhile, the citizens of the building where the couple lived told Interfax-Kazakhstan that it was the sixth suicide in their building since the beginning of the year.

Tengrinews English has repeatedly reported about the strange wave of suicides distorting Kazakhstan this year. 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.

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

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