Manoj was repeatedly threatened
An Indian youth has committed suicide after being unable to pay a £28,000 debt.
The tragic incident occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district.
After not being able to return the money he borrowed, the youth, Manoj, took his own life.
Doctors treated him in hospital for several hours, but were unable to revive him.
Following his death, Manoj’s widow Kamati has called for the arrest of Ajay Singh for driving him to suicide.
Prior to his suicide, Manoj and Kamati lived together with their three daughters.
Manoj had a wood trading business with a partner, Tariq. However, their partnership broke down, and a debt of £10,000 fell on Manoj.
According to the police, the Indian youth had taken a loan of more than £28,000 from people in nearby districts, including his own hometown, to pay off the debt.
Manoj and Tariq later repaired their relationship, but Tariq continuously forced Manoj to repay his debts even after their reconciliation.
Kamati alleges that Tariq pressured Manoj into meeting Godaicha outpost in-charge Ajay Singh.
Also according to Kamati, Manoj was repeatedly threatened to sell his house in order to pay off his debts.
She believes that her husband was driven to suicide as a result of this mental pressure.
The police say that Kamati’s allegations of mental torture on her husband are baseless.
They believe that the only reason Manoj committed suicide was due to his financial struggles.
However, the police are still investigating the matter, and Manoj’s body has been sent for post-mortem.
Financial struggles and unpaid debt can often drive people to take their own lives.
In 2019, 22-year-old Lovepreet Singh committed suicide at his home in Punjab’s Barnala district.
The Indian youth’s death marked three generations of his family to take their own lives as a result of an unpaid debt.
Singh’s great grandfather ended his life 40 years before him, due to failing to pay off a loan he took out.
His financial struggles descended down the family line, and Lovepreet Singh followed his father and grandfather to resort to suicide.
The unpaid loan amounted to approximately £8,500. However, the Singh family owned just one acre of farming land which was not enough to pay off the debt.
Therefore, the Singhs took multiple loans from banks and private money lenders over several decades.
Indian farmers make up the majority of suicides in the country. In 2019, farmers made up 7.4% of India’s total suicide victims.
This equates to 28 members of India’s farming community committing suicide every day.