Saturday 27 May 2017

25,000 Indian farmers seek President's permission to commit suicide on Independence Day

The villagers sent a letter to the President seeking permission to commit suicide by hanging.

Mathura is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Mathura is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Around 25,000 farmers in the Mathura, India are seeking permission from President Pranab Mukherjee to commit suicide on August 15, after a 17-year-long struggle to get compensation from the government.

The farmers have been actively highlighting their grievances for the past few weeks.

Mathura farmers also suffered economic devastation after unseasonable rains destroyed their crops this year.

This situation ed to over 40 farmers committing suicide in the beginning of 2015.

Kisan Sangh, a farmer leader, accused the Indian authorities of ignoring the interests of farmers and their needs.

The farmers are demanding compensation for damage to standing crops which were submerged as a result of the rising level of water of nearby river.

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Their land has been lost at four times the usual rate and many farmers are still in jail following protests in December 2014 on the Delhi-Agra highway.

Officials said that the Indian High Court is seized of the matter, and a decision is likely in a few days.

“We have lost all and want to end our lives. We want the president’s permission,” said Roop Singh, another farmer.

Seeing no hope, now the villagers sent a letter to the President on Saturday seeking permission to commit suicide by hanging.

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