Monday, March 23, 2009

Resettled folk commits suicide

Source: BhutanNewsService

New York: Krishna Kumar Rai, 31, from Nashville city of Tennessee State committed suicide by hanging in a closet rod on March 17 at around 2.30 PM. A temporary inhabitant of Goldhap Refugee Camp, Sector B/3 Hut No 23 in eastern Nepal, Mr Rai was resettled in Tennessee in September 2008 along with his parents.

The deceased had just started his job a day before in a laundry at Shared Hospital Services at the night shift where he had to work many hours. It is learnt that his pay scale was very low and the work site was at a far distance. As his family was going to be assisted not more than a month by Catholic Charities, the receiving agency, there was a pressure on him to take the job as there was no one else readily employable in his family. The Rai family was the first Hindu-turned- Christian one in the state. All the funeral expenses were borne by the Christ Church where the Rai family was baptized three month back.

Although the cause of his suicide is not yet known, it is suspected that his low income job may be the reason behind it. Kazi Gautam/Bhutan News Service

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