Year: 1985 Source: Journal of Pacific History, v.20, no.3-4, (1985), p.135-155 SIEC No: 19880043

An extensive study of suicide among indentured Indian immigrants on Fijian plantations between 1884-1925 revealed that during that period over 300 committed suicide: the majority of the suicides were males. The primary reason given was the lack of females & the effect was sufficient to change immigration policies in the 1890’s. The indenture system itself may have been a contributing factor in that it invoked despair & rebellion among the immigrants, which ultimately led to suicide. (NBB)