Poverty prompts Zabul man to commit suicide
QALAT (Pajhwok): A 65-year-old man committed suicide over poverty in the Shinkai district of southern Zabul province, officials and neighbours said on Wednesday.
The grey-bearded farmer namely Raz Mohammad claimed his life in Shero village of Sewri area because he was unable to economically support his family, the district police chief said.
Humayun Gulzar told Pajhwok Afghan News that police had started their investigation into the incident but no one had been arrested.
A resident of Shero village, Ibrahim Jan, told Pajhwok Afghan News Raz Mohammad was a farmer and the only bread-winner for his family.
Mohammad committed suicide after drought and natural disasters severely hit crops this season in the area and he found himself unable to pay 20,000 Pakistani rupees he had borrowed in the village, the resident said.
Ibrahim Jan said Raz Mohammad twice attempted to kill himself on Monday night but his attempts were thwarted by his children and wife.
However, on Tuesday Raz Mohammad hanged himself from a tree and when people reached the scene he was dead.
Another resident, Abdul Hadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News area residents were struggling with economic and other problems due to insecurity, drought and joblessness. The government should resolve problems the people faced, he said.
He said Raz Mohammad left his family devastated and the government and aid agencies should support them. He said local residents were also heartbroken over the incident.
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