Hindus in Sindh commit suicide as they fail to find food

Lal Malhi, a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, revealed the harrowing news through his Twitter account. The incident is not the first of its kind. In recent years, Sindh faced a rapid increase in suicide rates owing to a myriad of reasons with poverty being the main one.

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In harrowing news, three Hindus committed suicide in Sindh’s district Tando Allahayar. As per reports, the Hindus, one man, and two women committed suicide out of hunger.

Lal Malhi, a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, revealed the news through his Twitter account. According to his post, the Hindus belonged to the Kohli community. They traveled from Tharparkar in search of food. However, they were unsuccessful. As a result, they gave up and committed suicide.

The NA member also noted that in less than 24 hours, this was the second suicide case.

Earlier, a 27-year-old man committed suicide with his three children. The man first threw the kids in a well near Chachro, Tharparkar. After that, he jumped in himself. Authorities later recovered the four bodies.

Reacting to the news of the suicides, Netizens held the PPP led the Sindh government responsible. According to them, the PPP government failed to provide interior Sindh with the basic amenities that could improve living standards. As a result, interior Sindh faced severe poverty, leading to people committing suicide out of desperation.

This is not the first time the Sindh government has been accused of failure. The Federal government often calls out the Sindh government’s incompetence by highlighting the issues facing the province.

Read more: CJP thrashes Sindh government for incompetency: All provinces prospering except it

Sindh’s increased suicide rates

The above-mentioned incidents of suicides are not the first of their kind. In recent years, the province faced a rapid increase in suicide rates owing to a myriad of reasons with poverty being the main one.

Last year, at a seminar by the Sindh Human Rights Commission, speakers said poverty and the lack of adequate health facilities are the main reasons for suicide in Sindh.

Between 2016 to 2020, the Sindh Mental Health Authority (SMHA), an arm of the provincial government, recorded 767 suicides in the southern province, of which 79 cases occurred in Tharparkar.

Read more: Why suicide in Pakistan becoming more common?

Other reasons for suicide in Sindh include domestic violence and the inability to marry persons of choice.

The same reasons hold true for the Hindu community in Sindh as well who face marginalization and forced conversions.

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