Report: 16,606 farm suicides in 15 years
Chandigarh: Punjab saw 16,606 farm suicides during 2000-2015, reveals data compiled by three universities — worrisome indeed, especially at a time when debt-trapped farmers are at the brink.
During this period, PAU, Ludhiana recorded 14,667 cases of suicide in six districts — 1,238 in Ludhiana, 1,423 in Moga, 1,706 in Barnala, 3,094 in Bathinda, 3,818 in Sangrur and 3,388 in Mansa. A survey by Punjabi University, Patiala, put the figure at 1,606 in Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Mohali, Muktsar and Faridkot for the period. Another study by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, recorded 433 suicides in nine districts during 2000-2010.