Hilarious: Indian state govt blames "ghosts" for farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh

07:41 PM | 25 Jul, 2016
Hilarious: Indian state govt blames
BHOPAL - In an official government reply in the Assembly, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh Thakur has claimed that ghosts were responsible for the suicides of two farmer reported from the state's Sehore district.

The issue was raised by Congress MLA Shailendra Patel who had asked about farmer suicides in Sehore in the last three years. The State minister in a written reply said there had been over 400 incidents of farmer suicides in the last two-and-a-half years.

However, Patel was shocked when he found that two deaths in 2014 were attributed to ghosts (bhoot, pret ka saya hona) by the home minister.

“On one hand we are talking about digital India and Prime Minister is promoting Make in India and on the other, we still have bizarre reasons like ghosts and black magic,” Patel said.

He said that he had countered the government on it explanation but had not received any reply so far. Patel said that apart from the “laughable” reason given by the government, the reply also failed to explain why 117 of the 418 farmers had committed suicide in the district.

Patel alleged that the government did not record suicides due as a result of financial hardship. "Family members of the farmer Hariom Parmar who was my acquaintance and who committed suicide told me that he took the extreme step due to the financial distress after a crop failure," the MLA claimed, adding that there were at least ten cases of suicide due to the indebtedness and crop failure.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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