The Congress on Sunday accused the BJP government of forcing people to suffer from “suicidal depression”. Citing an NCRB report, a total of 9.52 lakh people have committed suicide since 2014. Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement that according to the report, 55 percent increase in the number of students who committed suicide, 58 percent in the number of such unemployed and 139.37 percent in the number of farmers, laborers and daily wage workers. “During the last seven years between 2014 and 2020, the failed and senseless policies of the Modi government forced 9,52,875 Indians to commit suicide,” he said. “Today the government is promoting division, negativity, despair among the people in an attempt to hide its failed anti-people policies,” he said. He said the figures revealed in the report are “horrifying and heartbreaking”. The National Crime Records Bureau, which comes under the Union Home Ministry, released a report titled ‘Suicides and Accidental Deaths in India’ last month Surjewala alleged that the opportunities for progress for every section of the society have been turned into depression by the Modi government. They are embracing death by opting for suicide. The Congress leader said that housewives are constantly bearing the brunt of inflation and the prices of everyday items are increasing. He claimed that inflation and lack of employment opportunities are the main causes of domestic strife and due to this, housewives are choosing the path of suicide. He said, “NCRB data shows the government’s picture instead of public reforms.” He said the government’s “anti-farmer” policies led to a 19 per cent rise in farmer suicides from 2019 to 2020. Surjewala said the country’s future is bleak and asked 69,407 students between 2014 and 2020 to support the claim. mentioned suicide.
[Attribution to NBT]