Unseasonal rains and hailstorms this month have damaged the winter-sown crops of millions of Indian farmers, but Rekha Garole lost more than others. Her 42-year-old husband Santuka killed himself this month after hail devastated the wheat and chickpea crops that they had been counting on to repay a bank loan of Rs 90,000. "He committed suicide to escape his debt burden," says Rekha, who met nearly a dozen political leaders in a week at her mud house in the Nanded district of Maharashtra state but has yet to receive any financial aid. Santuka, like other farmers in his ...
Farmers driven to suicide as unseasonal rains, hailstorm ruin crops
Nearly five dozen farmers in Maharashtra, MP have committed suicide this month over debt worries, say advocacy groups