Thursday, January 31, 2008


17,060 is the number of farm suicides in 2006, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its report Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India.

P. Sainath writes about this here.
NCRB data record 1,66,304 farmers’ suicides in a decade since 1997.

Of these, 78,737 occurred between 1997 and 2001. The next five years — from 2002 to 2006 — proved worse, seeing 87,567 farmers take their own lives.

This means that on average, there has been one farmer’s suicide every 30 minutes since 2002.

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