Kulgam: In a shocking incident, a 24-year-old youth from Damhal Hanjipora area of southern Kulgam district ‘committed suicide’ in protest against non-payment of his father’s salary for over a year.
The young boy recorded a video of himself before ending his life.
The youth (name withheld) from Avail, Kulgam had consumed poison at his orchard a few days ago and lost the battle for life last evening.
As soon as the news of his death broke out, a video of the victim surfaced on social media in which he sought to explain the reason for taking the extreme step.
“I commit suicide because my father has not received salary for more than a year,” the victim purportedly said in a vedio, as per KNO, a local news agency.
The victim’s father is a teacher by profession and remains wage less for over a year.
“I sacrifice my life for all the teachers who have not been paid for last two years. I can’t tell you what I have gone through to this day, which is why I am forced to take this step today,” he said in the video.
“I am sacrificing my life in a bid to solve problem of all the employees including my father, who are not given their salaries for the last two years.” he continued.
Also in the vedio, the victim appeals his family to stay calm after his departure as they had been to this day.
Station House Officer (SHO) Manzgam said a case has been registered under FIR number 41/2021 under sections 309 IPC and further investigations has been taken up.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Mohammad Ashraf Rather said that in March 2019, the administrative department did a verification in which father of deceased (Bashir Ahmad Mir) got adverse report.
“Owing to adverse to report his salary has not been released to date.” Rather added.
Mir is posted at Government Primary School Avail, Kulgam.
Meanwhile, District President Teachers Forum Kulgam Sheikh Intikhab Aalam said that there are 25 teachers in the district suffering for release of long pending salaries.
Aalam appealed Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) and LG Manoj Sinha to release the salary of such teachers on humanitarian grounds.