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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

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

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 ...

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First Published: Mon, March 24 2014. 07:48 IST