Mass Suicides In India’s Farming Population
April 15, 2009
The number is an alarming one, but according to locals not as surprising as many might think.
“The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago. Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well,” local villager Shatrughan Sahu told Down To Earth.
With crops being diminished by the dwindling water supply in the region the number is expected to further increase, and there is also fear that the suicides may extend to other regions that are being hit by the recent harvest changes.
“Farmers’ suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death,” Bharatendu Prakash, an insider with the Organic Farming Association of India explained.