Foxconn invites monks in wake of six suicides

10:28, May 13, 2010      

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Another employee of Taiwan-funded Foxconn Technology Group committed suicide this week, bringing the total to six so far this year. In addition, two other workers attempted suicide since Jan 1, but they were not successful.

In response to this growing problem, company officials are planning to invite monks to the company to conduct a religious rite to dispel misfortune.

A 24-year-old woman killed herself by jumping from a rented apartment in the city on Tuesday night, becoming the eighth suicide attempt among the Foxconn employees since January.

This is the sixth time a Foxconn employee committed suicide by jumping out of a building.

The world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics said in a statement on Wednesday that it regrets the suicide of the worker.

The deceased, surnamed Zhu, died at around 7 pm Tuesday. A native of Central China's Henan province, she joined Foxconn in August 2009.

Zhu was on leave when she jumped out of her rented apartment at Shuidouxincun in the Longhua neighborhood. Her mother was visiting Zhu in Shenzhen after traveling from her hometown in Henan.

The police are still investigating the incident and no further details are available.

After the seventh suicide took place on May 6, Foxconn officials invited eminent monks to "release the souls from purgatory".

Liu Kun, director of the press office with the company, told China Daily, "The victims' families asked us to bless the dead and release their souls from suffering, and we will do everything we can to comfort them and prevent such accidents in the future."

Liu said the company has already established a management center to help employees maintain mental health. High-level officials in the company will give talks to the staff to "help them look on the bright side of the life time to time," Liu said.

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