NEW DELHI: Bhartiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani visited Mahavir Hospital in the Capital on Saturday to meet the Jain family that attempted suicide recently. Driven by poverty, Satish Jain, his wife and five daughters had consumed poison to end their lives.
Residents of Chander Nagar in Keshav Puram, all seven members of the family were admitted to Bhagvan Mahavir Hospital in Pitampura where Mr. Jain has been put on ventilator support.
Mr. Advani called on the couple and their daughters and expressed his sympathy with them. He urged the hospital authorities to do their utmost to save the life of Mr. Jain, and expressed his sense of relief that the remaining members of the family were out of danger.
Later, speaking to media persons at the hospital, he said: “We have heard about debt-ridden kisans committing suicide in rural areas. But I am shocked to know that a debt-ridden family in the nation’s Capital attempted collective suicide. This is symptomatic of the effect of the current economic crisis on various sections of society.”
The BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate regretted that “a girl child is considered a burden in our male-dominated society”. Contending that it is equally the responsibility of the Government to share the burden of educating girls, he observed: “It is for this reason that I have recently announced in my blog that a future NDA Government, if elected, would implement the Ladli Laxmi Yojana all over the country. Under this social security scheme, which is now being run by the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh, the Government buys savings certificates in the name of every newborn girl child. Not only will the girl receive regular instalments during the course of her school education, but she will also get a lump sum of Rs.1,18,000 after the completion of 12th Standard.”