• Shamsher singh

Father hangs daughters and himself, unable to support their education anymore


Yesterday, in city of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, a painful incident shook the entire country. A 45-year-old man named Jitendra Srivastava, hanged himself and his two schoold going daughters from a ceiling fan in their home. Jitendra, who had lost a leg in a train accident in 1999, used to live a poor man's life working as a tailor at home and with the help of an artificial leg. His wife 'Simmi' had died of cancer in 2020. Since then, he was staying in his home along with his two daughters, Manya, of 16 years, Manvi, of 14 years, and his father, Om Prakash Srivastava. Both his daughters were bright students, and were attending ninth and seventh grades in their local school. However, for the past 5 months, Jitendra was under immense pressure to pay Rs. 37,000 (500 USD fees due for his daughter's education. He had additional liabilities to take care of due to which he would work very hard, but at the end of the day, still unable to make enough money to sustain himself and his family. Jitendra's father, Om Prakash was stunned upon reaching home last night, when he saw his son and grand daughters bodies, hanging inside his home. Expectedly numb from the ghastly incident, the whole country was stunned upon witnessing this extremely painful and shameful incident. Jitendra had hung himself from a ceiling fan along with his two daughters, and left a very emotional suicide note describing the circumstances under which he was forced to take such a step. Towards the end of the note, he asked for both his pet parrots to be released from their cage. When the police freed the parrots, both continued to stay put and share in the pain of their masters'. This incident has called for a new reckoning in the Indian consciousness, forcing the country to think about its modern education system and the society.

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