The high rate of farmer suicides is a grim reality of India. Another worrisome report in this matter has come from Karnataka. A farmer poisoned his family of five members before killing himself.
The farmer and his family were found dead in their home in the village of Metagal in Karnataka. Initial investigations by the police suggest a sorrowful tale that adds to the high rate of farmer suicides. The farmer poisoned his four daughters and wife. He then went on to hang himself. The police broke into their house on Saturday after the neighbours informed them about the same.
The farmer’s name was Bidanal and the police found a note in his pocket explaining his actions. His suicide note talks about the loans he had taken over the years to till the land that he and his brothers shared. It seems to be a typical case that contributes to the high rate of farmer suicides.
Another horrific tale brings up the existing high rate of farmer suicides
The police have taken action based upon the suicide note and a complaint filed by the relative of Bidanal. They have detained three people. According to a statement by a police officer, “Prima facie it appears that the rest of the family was unaware of the farmer mixing poison in the dinner,” The police have also sent food samples picked up from the house to the labs for further testing.
The police officer further stated, “There are no eyewitnesses and we cannot judge the sequence of death. But prima facie it appears that the family members were not aware of the poison mixed in their food. It is possible that Bidanal could have mixed poison in the dinner … after confirming their deaths, he could have hanged himself. A complaint has been registered against the relatives of Bidanal and in-laws of his daughters.” Everyone has a unanimous opinion that it is a suicide case of a debt-ridden farmer.
Initial investigations suggest that Bidanal had borrowed at least six lac Rupees from banks and various money lenders. This sum chiefly contributed to the marriage of his daughters. The high rate of farmer suicides thus continues to present a sad side of Indian society.
The agricultural minister of Karnataka, NH Shivashankara Reddy has called this case a “most unfortunate incident”. He also said, “The government will explore all possible ways to help the family’s relatives”.
Another farmer has given up hope and another politician has made a promise. It still remains to be seen if the high rate of farmer suicides in the country make any difference to policymakers.
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