The Sad Tale of a Farmer's Widow

Published: 21st September 2015 01:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2015 09:01 AM   |  A+A-


Vidharbha, known as the suicide capital of India had a number of tales that cites the Indian farmers’ suicides. The problem doesn’t just end there; it destroys the family’s realm of hope and creates a plight that entails for a lifetime.

Kishan Mulay was also one of those who could not take the pressure of the loan amount and chose the path of death.

He hanged himself on a beam at the darkest hour of the night leaving his family hopeless and helpless.


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The tale of a ‘widowed’ land 

His wife Vandana Mulay feeds the four family members now including her mother-in-law who is still in shock and disbelief. As she was unable to manage the farm, Vandana sold the 3-acre farmland to settle the debt and makes a meagre Rs 10,000 per annum.

She works on someone else's field in hot sun for almost 9 hours a day and makes less than 100 rupees which comes to barely Rs 2000 per month which stands as a budget to pay electricity bills, school fees and medical bills.

Vandana’s income is not permanent as she does not find work sometimes. Though she managed to pay her husband's loan, there is still a lot more to repay as she has been borrowing 1-2 thousand rupees every month from a local money-lender to meet the expenses.

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