'Children of farmers who committed suicide need help'
The Sambhaji Brigade of the Maratha Seva Sangh has come out and declared that it would help the cause of the more than 200 children of the farmers who had committed suicide in the state under utter duress.
Addressing a news conference here today, Thane Divisional President Datta Chavan and State Chief Co-ordinator Somnath Navle said these children who needed care from the members of the society were presently housed in the 'Adharteerth Ashram' at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik.
''The children are living a cursed life and need a helping hand from the members of the society. These children, most of whom are in the age group of 4-13, need special care and need to be shown a way out of the fear that they carry with them following the suicide of their parents,'' they said and added that the Brigade had taken up the task of providing for the needs of these children.
Inmates of the Ashram, including around 70 to 80 girls, come from around 12-13 districts of the state where there had been suicides by farmers.
''We had sought assistance from the state government but it is still not coming through. The ministers and politicians who boasted of doing big things for the sake of the family of the farmers who had committed suicide turned their backs when it came to helping these helpless children. The children are left high and dry and hence the Brigade has taken up the task of rehabilitating the children and also identified a five acre plot for their sake.
''The children will be given courage to desist them from taking any extreme steps and bring them out of their sufferings,'' they added.
A Jagrut Jagran Rath Yatra of the affected children would
be taken out in the state soon, they declared and said two-day programme for raising funds for the children would be held in Thane on May 24 and 25 where some 50 children will narrate their story.
On this occasion, about a dozen people who have been doing
exemplary work in their fields including teaching, sports, industry, and social work would be honoured with the Samaj Bushan award which comprise of citation and shawl and srifal, they said.
(Posted on 21-05-2014)