24-03-2014 01:50 AM | India

Indian farmers driven to suicide as hail ruins crops

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms this month have damaged the winter-sown crops of millions of Indian farmers, but Ms 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 90,000 rupees (S$1,877).

"He committed suicide to escape his debt burden," says Ms Garole, who met nearly a dozen political leaders in a week at her mud house in the Nanded district of western Maharashtra state but has yet to receive any financial aid.
Full Story : Straits Times