If you happen to visit Manchanabele dam on the outskirts of Bengaluru of late, particularly on a weekend, you’ll be greeted by a team of policemen who block your way. They say “Entry is banned” and if asked why, you’ll get a reply “Someone committed suicide here recently”.
Savanadurga was also blocked for some similar reason.
By preventing entry police are preventing suicide?
Police block only the main entry. Places like Manchinabele, Savanadurga etc aren’t fortresses. Those who are determined to go can go by foot via multiple trails. Obviously police aren’t tracking all possible entry/exit points.
Why block tourists? May be they can keep a count of those going in vs those coming out?
Those who’ve decided to commit suicide will definitely have another way /another place for committing suicide.
What should be the ideal approach when some public places become suicide hotspots?
· Ban entry into it?
· Put more police to monitor people?
· Charge high entry fee, so that wannable suiciders think it is profitable to live than die after paying so much?
· Put lot of sign boards discouraging suicides?
· Remove isolated/dark/unsupervised spots?
· Avoid giving any publicity to the suicide so that others won’t know that this spot can be used for committing suicide?
Why this doesn't apply to buildings? if someone commits suicide jumping off top floor of utility building, would authorities close the entire building?