CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written a letter to a woman who attempted suicide after hearing news of the insult to the Chief Minister on a Sri Lankan government website. Jayalalithaa urged the woman not to attempt suicide again upon being overcome with emotion, and told her to understand that suicide is cowardice.
Jayalalithaa’s letter, written in first person, was addressed to Vijayalakshmi, a native of Peramanur in Salem District, who had attempted suicide over the outrage caused by the slight to the Chief Minister on the Sri Lankan website. The Chief Minister however took a stern tone in her letter and advised Vijayalakshmi not to indulge in such dire attempts again.
“I am greatly saddened to hear that you attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills… Human life is precious. I urge you not to attempt to take your life again,” read Jayalalithaa’s letter.
“If you understand that suicide is cowardice and that it is smart only to live to achieve and you live by this tenet, success will certainly lie in your path,” Jayalalithaa added.
She also told Vijayalakshmi that the struggle to protect the Tamil language and the Tamil race could carry forth only if all burdens are shouldered, through hard work and non-violent means.