April 29th, at around 7:30, rush hour in Shanghai subway, a man and a woman, who later confirmed as lovers, jumped in front of a coming subway train. It was rush hour when the incident happened, lots of people witnessed the horror and the 22 year-old driver was not yet recovered from the frightening experience.
A witness said he saw the couple almost every morning on his morning commute. That day, before they dived onto the tracks, the couple was having a spat. The man was later confirmed dead, while the woman is still in critical condition.
Just 4 days after this shocking news, in Nanjing a young lady jumped to death in an upcoming train. Fortunately, she was rescued. The driver is frightened and mentally disturbed by the suicide. He’s receiving psychological counseling now.
When rescued and sent to the hospital, the woman is still quite emotional.
Every subway station is equipped with an emergency button
A report in 2004 shows that there are altogether 65 suicides in Shanghai subway since its operation in 1995, 17 are stopped while 48 are not. But Shanghai subway is not the only one that has the problem. Subway suicide happens in the country’s various cities. The following is my incomplete research of the suicide incidents reported in the last few years:
Efforts to decrease the suicide incidents include the installation of the screen doors on the platform and reducing media reports on such suicide cases. It’s believed that media reports have helped increasing the copycat suicides of this kind. But news on these incidents spread without the media, because they happen in public and thanks to the Internet. The report of the lovers’ suicide in Shanghai was first posted online by netizens.
No matter for what reason is for one to choose the subway as a suicide spot, (not that we are disregarding the suicide itself,) but this suicide method should be discouraged. For one , it’s in a public place where many innocent people are around, including young children. All of them would have to witness the horror. And it might have great negative impact on the driver who are forced to crash into living human beings. A comment made by a netizen who claimed to be a subway train driver said, "Why would you people do this to us? …if you want to die, take pills or something else, why our drivers always have to be the one who suffers?"