Print edition : November 24, 2017

People trying to douse the flames on Esakkimuthu and one of his daughters when they committed self-immolation in the Tirunelvelli Collectorate complex on October 23. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Victims of usury gather at the Tirunelveli District Collectorate on October 24 to submit a petition to the District Collector. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

The suicide by a family of four in the Tirunelveli Collectorate complex brings to the fore the problem of usury, which is widespread in Tamil Nadu, and the government’s lack of will to end the violent ways of moneylenders.
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