Suicide cases by farmers are a routine stories in India but on Monday a tragic end came to an entire family after a 40-year-old woman in drought-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra set herself ablaze when she was unable to fed her five hungry children.
The incident which happened on Rakshabandhan came to light on Monday.
According to a news channel, Manisha Gatkal, a farmer in Marathwada's Osmanabad and mother of five children doused herself with kerosene and set herself ablaze due to lack of work and food.
Her husband, Laxman said, "We are really very poor. There was no food. I had no work... When I got some work I went out. She latched the door and killed herself. Had he got work under NREGA, they would have had money and she wouldn’t have committed suicide.”
The incident comes in wake of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visiting the drought-affected areas in Solapur district on Sunday.
He visited Kurnur dam in Akkalkot tehsil in the district and interacted with farmers. He visited Rampur and Kardehalli in the district and inspected ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ works, an official from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
The Chief Minister also inspected damaged sugarcane crop at Malikpeth in Mohol tehsil, he added.
“The state is doing every possible thing for the drought-hit districts. We have planned employment for farm labourers in all districts,” Fadnavis said.
“Maharashtra has decided to help students from farmer families by taking care of their fees even if it is a professional course.
“Detailed planning is done for water distribution in villages. The state will be using railway wagons for water transportation,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)