The village of Badi in the Khargone district, with a population of only 2,500, has seen an upsurge in suicide rates with 80 residents deliberately killing themselves this year, Press TV reported.
Ashok Verma, a local official, was assigned to head a special committee convened to try to find the root of the problem.
“This is a very grave situation and we need to act fast. The villagers lack confidence and motivation and it's very important to counsel them,” he said.
Sisodiya said that each of 320 families living in the settlement has lost at least one relative due to suicide. He added that the soaring levels of deaths are conditioned by “demonic presence” in Badi.
“Depression isn't something people here are easily able to relate to or identify with. When they are unable to find any reason, they associate it with locally explainable phenomena like demonic presence,” RT quoted Reddy as saying in a Saturday report.
Khargone district is listed as one of 250 most impoverished and superstitious regions in India.