Monday, December 15, 2008


"MUMBAI: Suicides by farmers of Maharashtra crossed the 4,000-mark in 2007, for the third time in four years, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

As many as 4,238 farmers of the State took their lives that year, the latest for which data are available, accounting for a fourth of 16,632 farmer suicides in the country.

The national total represents a slight fall, from 17,060 in 2006, but the broad trends of the past decade seem unshaken.

Farmer suicides in the country since 1997 is now 1,82,936." (Thanks Rania)

Read more about the despair of India's poor farmers here.

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