The rural landscapes of Tangali village in Kaduru taluk, Karnataka, witnessed a heart-wrenching incident that brings to light the harsh realities faced by our farmers.
64-year-old woman farmer, Deviramma, from Tangali village in Kaduru taluk, Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru district, took her own life due to alleged harassment by employees of the Grameena Koota Finance Company, with whom she had taken a loan of Rs 78,000.
Desperate Times and Unbearable Pressure
Deviramma, like many other small-scale farmers, was facing dire circumstances due to crop failure. Her struggles became evident when she found herself unable to meet the monthly instalment obligations on her loan. Over a span of a month, representatives from the microfinance company began visiting her residence with increasing frequency. These visits, intended for loan recovery, unfortunately, took on a more sinister tone.
Reports suggest that Deviramma was subjected to continuous harassment and undue pressure by the company's staffers, specifically identified as Shankar Nayak, Usha, and Rubina. Their relentless pursuit to recover the loan plunged her into a state of despair.
The Tragic Outcome
Unable to withstand the emotional and psychological torment inflicted upon her, Deviramma made the heart-wrenching decision to end her own life. She hung herself inside her house, leaving behind a grieving community and a harsh reminder of the repercussions of financial stress and harassment in rural India.
Seeking Justice in the Face of Adversity
The local authorities have taken action. A case has been registered against the microfinance company staffers accused of harassing Deviramma. The Kadur police station is now investigating the matter to ensure that justice is served for this devastating loss.
A District Struggling with Drought
Chikkamagaluru, where this unfortunate incident took place, has been officially declared a drought-hit district by the state government. This designation highlights the severe agricultural challenges faced by the region, which have driven many farmers to the brink. Official statistics reveal that Deviramma's is not an isolated case; three farmers have taken their own lives due to the harsh realities of a drought-stricken land. This alarming trend underscores the urgent need for comprehensive support systems and reforms to address the pressing issues facing rural communities, particularly in times of environmental adversity.
Deviramma's story is a sombre reminder of the profound challenges farmers in drought-prone regions face. It's a stark call for empathy and proactive support from financial institutions, the government, and the community.
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