In a shocking statement triggering controversy, Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said dowry, love affairs and impotency were among the reasons for the deaths of over 1,400 farmers in India this year.
“According to NCRB, causes of suicide include family problems, illness, drug abuse/addiction, unemployment, property dispute, professional/career problems, love affairs, barrenness/impotency, cancellation/non-settlement of marriage, dowry dispute, fall in social reputation and unknown causes,” he said.
Reacting to the remark, Congress leader and veteran actor Raj Babbar said, “I don’t think any other party like BJP has so disgusting and insensitive mentality towards the plight of farmers.”
However, the remark did not rule out debt as one of the reasons. The remarks on suicide by over 1,400 farmers in the last one year, by the government’s own admission, are bound to provide fresh fodder to a belligerent opposition, which has been targeting the Narendra Modi government on the controversial land bill, dubbed as “anti-farmer and anti-poor”.