Avdhesh Mallick At a time when whole nation is engaged in CAA-NRC controversy, a 30-years-old mother Sanjita, resident of Janjgir Champa, Chhattisgarh has allegedly killed her two children two months old Murali and two years old Kanha.
She also tried to strangulate her elder six years old daughter Anchal but somehow the girl survived. The reason behind taking this extreme step is very simple that her husband was unemployed for a long time. The unbearable pressure of getting money to keep house running converted a gentle rural woman into a Frankenstein’s monster.
It compelled her to commit such a crime, which has no acceptance in the society. Media reports indicate the lady also wanted to end her life after the incident. I am hundred percent confident that the news report was not listed in the headlines neither of national media nor even within the state.
Two minors, who were future of this prospective nation of five trillion dollars economy, had been executed without any reason. Despite they had not committed any heinous offence; their rights of survival were snatched. Heart wrenching gruesome incident occurred, but whom the onus fully lies on, it was not fixed.
Does the civilized society or this nation get away putting whole the responsibility on the shoulder of the ill-fated mother, who gave the birth of those children after bearing the excoriating pain of nine months?
Definitely, in the murder of those children, society, media, local administration, state and central government are equally responsible. The governments at Centre and State have to admit that economy of India is passing through its worst phase, curtailment in rural development budget started falling heavy on the shoulders of the public residing in rural India.
Current unemployment rate is all time high in the last 45 years. Definitely, it impact adversely on the state like Chhattisgarh whose more than 40% of its population inhabits under Below Poverty Line (BPL).
Slashing in the funds like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and delayed payment of wages to the workers make the situation grim.
In the above situation it was claimed that the husband of the accused mother was running unemployed for a longer period. This led to bitter family infighting, coerced the lady to leave the house of his life-partner. But bickering does not end here. The lady running under intolerable mental stress finally took extreme step. This severe financial constrain is not only limited to this household or family only.
Entire Chhattisgarh is passing through a phase of huge mental stress. Among the youth the stress has reached to an alarming level. It has fuelled suicide rates in Chhattisgarh and somehow it is also linked with the increasing crime rate in the state.
It also indicates that State Government programmes like Narwa, Garwa, Ghurwa, Bari failed to address its commitment of strengthening rural economy.
Without addressing the core issues such increasing unemployment rates, poverty, illiteracy and health, the situation cannot be controlled.
(Writer is a senior journalist based in Raipur Chhattisgarh and views expressed here are his own)