In a height of insensibility, the Madhya Pradesh government has stated that the 418 farmer suicides happened in chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s home district Sehore took because they were “possessed by ghosts”.
They however made it clear that it is an account of the relatives of the deceased.
On Wednesday, State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh mentioned the same in a written reply to Congress MLA Shailendra Patel.
The minister justified his act saying that the fact is purely based on the accounts of the farmers’ family members. But he also stated that no farmer committed suicide due to financial problems.
Patel later told PTI outside the House that apart from the “laughable” reason of possession by ghosts, the reply also fails to mention the reasons in the case of 117 out of the total 418 farmer suicides in the district.
We are appalled by the insensibility of the government to support such a statement. Farmer suicide is not something new in this country. Thousands of farmers commit suicide owing to financial crises. It shouldn’t be a matter taken lightly and government has to come out with a solution.