City sees more suicides
ahead of Valentine’s

The city saw another spike in suicide cases over the weekend, with reports of two people killing

On the weekend, an East Jakarta Police officer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in Ciracas, East Jakarta.

The officer, whose name was not disclosed, shot himself while alone in his parked car at a gas station near Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. He stopped at the gas station when his girlfriend, Dewi, wanted to use the toilet.

“When she was at the toilet, a shot was heard from inside the car. The sound came from the victim’s revolver,” East Jakarta Police spokesman Didik Hariyadi said.

He added that he believed the officer was moved to commit suicide over his strained relationship
with Dewi.

“We are still investigating the details. We will also perform an autopsy at the National Police hospital,” Didik said.

Later on Saturday, a housemaid — whose identity was also not disclosed — died after leaping from the 22nd floor of an apartment building on Jl. Dharmawangsa in South Jakarta.

A security guard found her body early Saturday morning after a tenant reported hearing a something fall.

Kebayoran Baru Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Irsan said the woman’s apparent suicide stemmed from a strained relationship.

“We suspect the victim was upset, as she wrote about her recent break-up in her diary,” Irsan said.

A spokesman of the apartment building management, Norman, was quoted as saying by news portal
tempointeraktif.com that the victim was employed by a tenant in the apartment.

The city has seen a spike in suicide in the past few weeks.

Earlier this month, a woman in Manggarai, South Jakarta, died from an apparent suicide after struggling with bouts of illnesses.

Responding to the spate of suicides, Tiwin Herman of suicide prevention website janganbunuhdiri.net said strained relationships were one of the top three reasons suicidal people consult the website.

“News clippings from last year show that failed romance is the number one cause for suicides,” Tiwin told The Jakarta Post. — JP

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