NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala governments on farmer suicide cases.
The notices were issued following the NHRC taking suo motu cognisance of a media report alleging a "fresh wave of farmers' suicides" in the three states.
An NHRC spokesperson said the notices have been issued to the Chief Secretaries of these states calling for their reports on the matter within six weeks.
Quoting reports, the spokesperson said, 680 farmers have committed suicide in just six districts of Maharashtra during 2011.
90 farmers committed suicide in six districts of Andhra Pradesh during October-November. Eight cases of farmers' suicide have come to light from Wayanad district in Kerala in November, the spokesperson said.
"The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the poor farmers in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala," the spokesperson said.