PLIGHT OF FARMERS IN INDIA
State of India’s environment: Why farmers kill themselves
Family members of farmers who committed suicide demonstrate in Delhi (December 2018). Photo: Adithyan PC
More than 28 farmers and farm labourers die by suicide in India every day, according to the 2021 State of India’s Environment (SoE) report — an annual brought out by Down To Earth in association with Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
The SoE report highlighted the suicide numbers in recent years:
- 5,957 farmers in 17 states (and Union territories) and 4,324 farm labourers in 24 states in 2019
- 5,763 farmers in 20 states and 4,586 agricultural workers in 21 states in 2018
The toll in increased between the two years in:
- Andhra Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Uttar Pradesh
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
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We’ve recently heard experts raise concerns about a looming mental health crisis, warning COVID-19’s psychological toll on Australians could be like a second wave of the pandemic.
Suicide modelling from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre has predicted a potential 25-50% increase in the number of people taking their lives in Australia over the next five years. The researchers expect this projected increase to disproportionately affect younger people.
Any suicide is a tragedy and prevention must be a priority.Read More »
“Hello Namaskar friends, my name is Roshan Lal. I am very upset today. My only fault is that I stepped out (of the school where he was put in quarantine) to get flour because we did not have anything at my home to eat. A policeman named Anoop Singh has thrashed me so badly that my right hand has stopped working. Perhaps, it is broken now. Don’t ask how helpless I am feeling right now.”
“Despite this, nobody came forward to help me that is why I am taking this extreme step.”
The testimony above has been transcribed from the three recorded audio clips which Roshan Lal, a migrant worker, forwarded to his friend and family members on WhatsApp, minutes before he took the “extreme step” of killing himself by hanging. Roshal Lal body was found hanging from a tree in the school campus, where he was quarantined.Read More »
A migrant worker hailing from Shillong in Meghalaya, has committed suicide in Agra on March 30. On his Facebook page, he blamed the sudden countrywide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following reports of outbreak of coronavirus for his decision. A GroundXero report.
From 23rd March, when the Prime Minister announced the country wide lockdown till Sunday, 27 people have died of the Covid 19 virus, while 20 reportedly died of hunger, exhaustion, police brutality and other accidents. All 20 have been identified as people working in informal sectors. Numerous pictures and videos of helpless, panicked, starving workers desperately trying to reach their homes flooded our smartphones, TV screens, social media feeds and newspapers. While special flights were send to bring in people stranded in foreign countries, thousands of migrant workers, thrown out by the factory owners, were left stranded on state borders, without any arrangement of how they will return to their native villages, towns and cities.Read More »
A Journal of People report
The U.S. farmers are passing a tough time.
A CNN report said:
“President Donald Trump’s trade war made last year tough for American soybean farmers, but 2019 could be the year they really start feeling the pain — despite Beijing’s pledge to resume buying from the United States.”
The report (“Soybean farmers are still paying for Trump’s trade war”, by Katie Lobosco) said:Read More »
A Journal of People report
High and rapidly rising suicide rate in India have been linked to crop damage due to increasing temperature trends over the last 30 years, finds a new study.
One fifth of the world’s suicides happen in India, typically at more than 130,000 deaths a year. With more than half of the country’s population employed in agriculture, crop failures due to increasing temperatures have been suspected to be behind the increasing trend in suicides in the past three decades. Nearly all parts of India are experiencing rising temperatures due to climate change.Read More »
by Nikita Sattiraju
Over three lakh farmers have committed suicide in India since 1995. A majority of them were concentrated in five major agricultural states of the country – Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Even Punjab recorded a high number of 449 farmer suicides in 2015, next only to Maharashtra. Farm suicides have been steadily increasing over the years. On an average, around 15,400 farmers ended their lives each year between 1995 and 2003. This number increased to more than 16,000 between 2004 and 2012.Read More »