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Church in India takes up farmers' mass suicide issue


The Catholic Church in the southern Indian state of Kerala has weighed in on the struggles of farmers with a demand for the writing off of farmers' debts.

The SAR Catholic news agency reports that over 100 farmers have committed suicide in the Wynad district within two months because of debt problems.

The Church with other social organisations has joined hands with the opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by Communist Party of India. The groups are demanding that farmers' debts be written off and that "reasonable compensation" is granted to their families.

SOURCE
Kerala Church takes up Wynad farmers' mass suicide issue (Catholic Bishops Conference of India/SAR News)

LINKS
Two more peasants commit suicide in Kerala (newkerala.com)
Kerala govt failed to report suicide deaths to Centre (Hindustan Times 7/7/04)


30 Jul 2004