//Suicide bid sparked by debt agony

Suicide bid sparked by debt agony

By RASHA AL QAHTANI and ALISTAIR BAPTISTA

A man who tried committing suicide by slashing his wrists with a razor and consuming a large number of Panadol tablets was crippled by debt. The Indian cook, who wished to remain anonymous, had borrowed money to pay for his 19-year-old daughter’s wedding.

He was found by a colleague, who took him to Salmaniya Medical Complex. The man said he has been stressed by financial problems for the past two years.

"I receive BD150 every month and it is very difficult to cover all the expenses and debts," he told the GDN.

"My salary is divided between my wife and the people I owe money to, which doesn’t leave me with much money.

"Two years ago my daughter was getting married and my son-in-law’s family were asking me for BD5,000 as dowry," he said.

The man, who stayed in the hospital for four days, said that his wife and daughter did not know anything about the incident.

"My sponsor came to visit me when I was in the hospital and consoled me," he said. "He told me that I was a good man and that I should not have thought about suicide, and offered to help me out with the money, but I refused because then I would just have another debt to pay."

"I am taking it easy these days and sending whatever money I can back home."
 
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