23-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide To Seek Ban On Plastics
No one could have imagined that 23-year-old K Jawahar would go to the extent of committing suicide when he used to say that he would do anything to save the environment. That is what the Tamil Nadu boy exactly did when he jumped into a canal in Thanjavur on Monday. He took this harsh decision of ending his life to support the cause of banning plastic. The reason for his suicide came to public only on Wednesday after his father found a video clip on the youth’s mobile phone, which he had recorded himself.
Jawahar, the class-10 dropout, was always passionate about the environment. He was concerned about the growing damages to the ecosystem caused by plastic and other pollutants. He always tried to come up with means to protect the environment. Jawahar had staged demonstrations to highlight his cause. Once he resorted to a sit-in protest at the Collectorate in Thanjavur to bring people’s attention on preserving the environment and to appeal to the visitors to avoid using plastics as it could devastate the ecosystem.
On Monday morning, Jawahar went missing from his home. His father, who works as a security guard at a private college, tried to find him everywhere but his attempts were all in vain. Later some people from the neighbourhood told him that his son had jumped into the river. Jawahar’s body was recovered by fire and rescue service personnel, sent for post mortem and cremated on Wednesday. Later, the video clip was retrieved from his mobile phone.
This is what he said in the video clipping: “I have decided to end my life to demand implementation of a ban on plastics and to safeguard nature. There is nothing wrong in sacrificing my life for the benefit of the 127-crore population of India. No one is behind my decision. No one should lead a life against the will of nature. But human beings are plundering natural resources. I cannot be a mute spectator.”
The Logical Indian community is saddened by the death of Jawahar. He shouldn’t have committed and it is not a solution of any of the problem. If he would have lived, he might would have reached to a position in his life, where he could have actually changed the situation.