Citizens for Justice and Peace

Mumbai: No employment for farmer, wife commits suicide

08, Sep 2015

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Bhoom (osmanabad) | Published:September 8, 2015 4:02 am
For the last eight days, the family members of Manisha Laxman Gadkar (40) at Ambi village in Bhoom taluka have not stepped into their house. They are with relatives next door. It’s been eight days since Manisha set herself on fire inside the house.
Her suicide has cast another shadow on the agrarian crisis and brought out the need for employment guarantee scheme to offer a source of income for families. On August 29, the Gadkars were expecting their eldest married daughter, Bhagyashree, to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. After baking “bhakris”, she asked her husband to get money as she wanted to make some sweets for the children.
Her husband Laxman Gadkar has been looking for work as their half acre land was of no use because of the drought. “I set out in search of work in neighbouring Jamburi village. My wife packed ‘bhakris’ for me. After half an hour, I received information that she had set herself on fire,” said Laxman, who also worked as a labourer. They rushed Manisha to a hospital in Solapur.


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