MPHRC notices to 3 Collectors over farmers’ suicides in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2017 10:47:02


Staff Reporter,

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has issued missive to District Collectors of Sagar, Raisen and Sehore over farmers’ suicides. It was reported in the media that these farmers were distressed over debts and were harassed by private money-lenders because of which they committed suicide.

According to reports body of farmer Suraj Singh Gurjar was found hanging from the branch of a tree in his agricultural field in Pathariya village.

In this district alone, the number of farmers’ suicides has gone up to 10 subsequent to the agitation started by farmers state-wide. MPHRC panel has sought a detail report on case registered, type of probe launched and to know the exact reasons behind his extreme step. Brother of the deceased claimed that Gurjar was under a lot of stress due to debts.

They jointly owned 45 acres of land, but poor agricultural produce and inability to repay the loan of Rs 10 lakh forced him to take the extreme step. It may be mentioned that farmers’ suicides were reported from Sehore, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Dhar, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Sagar, Chhatarpur, Narsinghpur, Sehore, Tikamgarh and Vidisha districts. Other than debt-ridden farmers’ suicides earlier, MPHRC had taken cognizance over attempted suicide in Raisen district after police atrocities.

The commission sought a report from the SP in this regard. The farmer, Darshrath, a resident of Udaipura in Raisen district, is a tribal. It was claimed that police rounded him up on suspicion of theft.

He, however, tried to commit suicide due to alleged police atrocities. Notice have been issues to SP and has been asked to send a detail report on why the farmer was beaten up?