17 Jan '11, 1pm

More than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009, a seven per cent rise on the previous year

NEW DELHI - MORE than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009, a seven per cent rise on the previous year, according to new government figures. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) study titled 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India' revealed the rise without attributing causes, with the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh the worst affected. Many farmers, particularly in the southern and western states listed, were pushed further into debt in 2009 after the weakest monsoon in 37 years left fields parched and crops ruined. Despite economic development in cities, two out of three Indians still live and work in rural areas and as many as 150,000 farmers have killed themselves in the past decade, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences said in 2009. The subject was taken up in an acclaimed Bollywood film last year called Peepli Live made by the pro...

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