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Boy hangs himself to make his parents stop drinking


In most cases, children commit suicides because of family problems. An eleven-year-old boy hung himself several days ago in Russia's Altay region in an attempt to make his parents quit drinking alcohol. His mother found the boy hanging on a rope in a barn.

The boy was living with his mother, a 31-year-old unemployed woman, his step-father and five siblings. His mother and step-father were alcoholics; the child repeatedly asked them to stop drinking threatening to commit suicide otherwise, officials said.

On November 11, 2010, the parents went to visit their friend living in a house nearby. The boy begged them to stop drinking and come home, but the parents just told him to go away and hang himself, if he wanted to. The next morning, his mother found the boy in the barn dead.

Prosecutors of the investigation committee of the Altay region instituted criminal proceedings against the boy's parents on Article 11 of the Penal Code of the Russian Federation - "Incitement to Suicide."

According to investigators, the boy, the oldest child in the family, killed himself because of the anti-social lifestyle of his parents.

"This is a long-standing problem. The more people drink in the country, the harder it gets to struggle against child and teen suicide. Children are incapable of realizing the line between life and death. The inner world of children is all about kindness. A child always loves his or her mother, and it does not matter whether she drinks or mistreats them. I've had many incidents like this one in my practice. In the Arkhangelsk region, for example, a nine-year-old girl drowned herself and left a note in which she asked her father not to drink. A 12-year-old boy was found hanged in the Yaroslavl region. The boy committed suicide because his grandmother, with whom he lived, was an alcohol addict. It is the society, but not the medics or anyone else, that plays the main role in preventing child and teen suicide," psychiatrist Igor Yanushev told Pravda.Ru.

Andrey Mikhailov

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