77-year old Greek pensioner shoots himself in a public Square in Athens
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Athens : Greece | Apr 05, 2012 at 1:21 AM PDT
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Greek Pensioner Kills Himself Over Debts

The suicide of a 77-year old pensioner in the Syntagma Square of Athens was not desirable – he shot himself in the head at 8.45 am in a public place.

Before putting the gun to his forehead, he had, apparently, declared that he did not want to burden his children with his debts.

His suicide carries with it serious undertones and reveals a society which is stretched to the limit and is unable to come to terms with the present state of the economy.

Right now, Greece has seen crimes shoot up by 125%, the number of homeless has risen to 30% and the number of suicides has doubled within one year. It is also reported that many suicides are kept secret because the Greek Orthodox Church does not entertain funeral services for suicides unless the suicide is carried out under a state of mental illness.

These are not healthy trends.

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prabirghose is based in Nāshik, Maharashtra, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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