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SEOUL — Poverty among the elderly has been blamed for the growing rate of suicides among senior citizens in South Korea's capital, where 50 seniors took their own lives last year. According to the Korea Labor Institute, 48.6% of the country's elderly were living in poverty last year, the Korea Herald reports.

The highest suicide rate was among those living in Jungnang District, one of Seoul's poorest, with a suicide rate of 35.7 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, residents in one of the city's richest area, Seocho District, saw only 15.3 suicides per 100,000 people last year. Seoul citizens aged 60 or older had the highest suicide rates.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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