Minister Blames Drugs & Love Affairs For Farmers Suicide


New Delhi: In a bizarre and shocking statement, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday told the Rajya Sabha that it was dowry, love affairs or impotency that caused the death of over 1400 farmers in India this year, and not financial stress because of debt or bad agricultural output.

In a written reply to a question of what has caused the death of so many farmers in the country, Singh said, “According to the National Crime Records Bureau, causes of (farmer) suicides include family problems, illness, drugs… dowry, love affairs and impotency.” The minister’s reply, however, did not rule out debt as one of the reasons.

The remarks on the death of over 1400 farmers in the last one year, by the government’s own admission, is bound to provide fresh fodder to a belligerent opposition, which has been targeting the government on the controversial land bill, which has been accused of being anti-farmer and anti-poor.

In April, shortly after a farmer hanged himself to death during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in the heart of the national capital, BJP-run Haryana’s Agriculture Minister had said farmers who commit suicide are “cowards” and “criminals”.