April 17, 2009

1,500 Indian farmers commit suicide this year

Per the Independent, more than 1,500 farmers in India have committed suicide on account of bad crops and considerable amounts of debt. Residents of villages producing bad crops insist the government should step in and take low water levels and the high suicide count into consideration when planning policies, according to the article.

The article states that 1,500 farmers conducted a mass suicide, however the report was misleading, as these did not occur all at once as is suggested. Twitterers tried to clarify the story through alternative sources, then commented on the report.

  1. Sanjay Jha
    SanjayJha (New Delhi, India) #farmersuicides For more accurate detail on farmers sucicide in Indian state please visit http://tinyurl.com/d5h369.
  2. arnoldyb
    arnoldyb (New Delhi, India) #India "Mass suicide" of farmers in Chhattisgarh seems to be an annual stat, not 1,500 farmers quaffing kool-aid all at once. Still, sad.
  3. Alan Lewis
    Azbats (Tallahassee, Fla.) @mcantelon @charenton @liberationbc The 'mass' is misleading but the suicide rate is 4 farmers a day due to this. http://tinyurl.com/d5h369
  4. Rick Voorhees
    RickVoorhees (Colorado) How to balance news abt India's farmers. Unfathomable http://tinyurl.com/cqe35p
  5. Mary Cate O'Malley
    MaryCateOMalley (So. Calif.) What a tragedy 4 all humanity: 1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India http://twurl.nl/vvq73y
  6. cfrew
    cfrew (Baltimore, Md.) An Unacceptable Loss:
    My guts coiled when I read the headline on the Huffington Post: "1,500 Farmers in India C.. http://tinyurl.com/c2o8zd

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