Changes in laws and societal norms against domestic abuse might help decrease the cost of conflict
The World Health Organization estimates that there were 260,000 suicide deaths in India in 2012 alone; twice as many deaths as HIV/AIDS and almost the same number as maternal deaths in young women. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 1967 onwards reveal that the broad class of “family problems" is the main reported cause of suicide for both men and women. Suicides by married women and men as a response to family conflict are a common occurrence in developing countries. Research has emphasized the cultural ramifications of suicide—relative to developed countries, where suicidal behaviour tends to be interpreted as a symptom of individual mental health, in poorer countries, it is often considered a normal, albeit last-resort response.