Remembering a heartbreaking incident that occurred in Gorakhpur on December-22, where a Brahmin couple took their own lives due to extreme poverty, is a stark reminder of the dire circumstances faced by many in our society.
The fact that Vivekanand Dubey, was a priest. He was not even earning more than 100 Rs a day.
Later took loan to buy auto rickshaw and became driver to make ends meet fulfilled.
In their suicide note, the husband mentioned that he felt that the father should prefer his daughter over him, according to Indian culture and expectations from men.
These tragic events are not a single or one of the few incidents, similar incidents are vigorously increasing day to day and it is high time for us to recognize and address the structural inequalities that contribute to them.
It is time for systemic change to alleviate poverty and uplift those in need, especially the so-called upper castes, who often face stigmatization and marginalization due to their caste identity.
We need genuine efforts towards creating equal opportunities for all, regardless of their background or social status, rather than resorting to discrimination by caste, mere vote bank politics, and political gimmicks.
The denial of this basic human need based on social and economic status is a tragedy that highlights the deep-rooted inequalities in our society.
We must stand with those who face discrimination and injustice, and we call for a system that treats all individuals with compassion and equality.
Let us not wait for more such incidents to occur before we take action. Let us create a society that is inclusive and equitable for all, where everyone can live with dignity and hope for a better future.