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Two more expats commit suicide; Toll rises to 30

Bahrain News
Wed, 12 Sep 2018
By Mohammed Al A’ali
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TWO Indian nationals reportedly took their own lives in separate incidents yesterday, bringing the total number of suicides to 30 this year.

Shamli Panthayil, a 27-year-old nurse, was found with a cloth around her neck in her apartment in Gudaibiya alongside a suicide note.

While 36-year-old cleaner Swami Kandi was also reported by Indian community groups to have killed himself, but no further details were available.

They are the fifth and sixth expatriates to commit suicide in Bahrain this month, making it a total of 30 suicides so far this year, of which 22 were Indians, including 13 from Kerala.

“Shamli’s husband is away on vacation back home and she was alone in the apartment,” said a family member on the condition of anonymity.

“When she failed to respond to repeated calls to show up for work, her employer called the police who broke into the apartment.

“We don’t know still how she committed suicide, but there was a cloth around her neck when the police took her body and it seemed like it was the missing piece from the curtain.”

Sources told the GDN that both bodies have been taken to the morgue at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

The GDN reported yesterday that at least 15 calls have been received on hotlines launched by a group of volunteers in Bahrain almost two weeks ago to help prevent suicides.

The initiative by the Pravasi (Expatriates) Guidance Forum (PGF) follows an alarming increase in the number of suicides among expatriates in the country.

The three telephone numbers are being manned by around 60 trained counsellors.

The forum is made up of Keralites, the Indian community which witnessed more than 60 per cent of the suicides reported in Bahrain this year.

The PGF hotline numbers are 39605806, 39283875 and 33601311.

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