By D.R. Jatava
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So terrprized Kamla asked Shiva, "Please do not indulge in such immoral act as we have very grown up sons and daughter". "Keep quite, mind your business", he retorted angrily. Kamla was mentally upset, and to the surprise of all, she burnt herself to death by throwing kerosene on her clothes as Kamla could not face the arising situation of humiliation and disgrace to her and the family as well to her, there was no alternative except selfkilling. 30 This was a very strange case of suicide preceded by double murder.
He was not able to walk smoothly as he had a factured leg bng back, while doing majduri. Only Heera Bai, his devoted wife remained at home during the day, who looked after her husband. One day she expired after a short illness. It was a great shock to Ram Singh as he was mainly dependent on her. Days and months passed gradually, and the condition of Ram Singh started to be weak both physically and mentally. His sons and their wives hardly talked to Ram Singh as usually happens with old men almost in all families irrespective of their being rich or poor.
Anyhow, Saida got convinced that her poverty and starvation; would not go away. One evening she mixed poison in foods that her children ate, as she also did; and thus, all the six children, and she herself died within a few hours. The death of four month old Asharfi was so tragic that some villages fainted at the sight as was reported by The Sunday Times of 19th August 2001. S. officer, namely, Prem Singh Chaudhry, aged 50 years, had a family of six members - two sons, A Philosophy of Suicide 58 Hitesh and Vinod, aged 15 and 20, respectively, and also his old parents-Sridhar and Rameshwari.
A Philosophy of Suicide by D.R. Jatava