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New Delhi: The country is caught up in a  fierce public debate on farmers suicides  after disclosure that one farmer took his life every half an hour , seven  times  that of a rape or   12 times of  dowry death in the country. The recent report card by the Union Home ministry  shows that 46 farmers commit suicide everyday in India. That makes it one farmer suicide in every 32 minutes.

     296,438 farmers committed suicide between 1995 and 2013
     18,241 farmers killed themselves in 2004 – highest till date
     26 percent increase in



farmers’ suicide in 2014 over previous year

But as is the normal practice of all  analysts ad statisticians the  number of those who don’t get into official statistics is always  much higher. Experts believe the already alarming situation in the agrarian sector could get worse if the government bulldozes its way to pass its land bill which has removed all buffers and fire walls provided in the UPA II’s land Act.

The farmers’ bodies are of the opinion that if the amended form of the bill gets passed and implemented, the cases of farmers committing suicide would increase manifold.


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