Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Demonetisation aftermath: Worry over money for daughter’s marriage drives UP farmer to suicide

Narada Desk | November 16, 2016 7:54 am Print
He was depressed since he heard the news that no one would be able to withdraw beyond a limit from banks or even from ATMs

A 55-year-old indebted farmer committed suicide at Muradpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district due to the cash crunch in the country ahead of his daughter marriage, The Indian Express has reported.

According to the report, Deshraj Singh had borrowed Rs 60,000 after mortgaging his two-and-half bigha land with a moneylender for the wedding of his eldest daughter among his seven children. They added that he had deposited the cash in a bank on November 8 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes and limits on cash withdrawals.

The family claimed that Singh’s body was found hanging from a tree on Monday hours after leaving his house to irrigate his farm on Sunday night, the report added. “He was depressed since he heard the news that no one would be able to withdraw beyond a limit from banks or even from ATMs,” said Deshraj’s father, Yadram Singh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprise move to demonetised R1000 and R 500 notes has already claimed 25 lives in just 6 days, The Huffington Post reported.

Earlier, a 24 year old woman in north-east Delhi hanged herself to the ceiling fan with her dupatta as she was upset about not being able to exchange currency for three days. In another such incident in Surat, Gujarat, a 50 year old mother of two committed suicide because she wasn’t able to buy ration to feed her family. The shops refused to accept old currency notes.

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