‘Let us end our lives’: Not paid for 11 yrs, lecturer sends mercy killing petition

New Delhi, May 6: A Karnataka lecturer, Ramesh Rakshale, has written to the President of India to grant him and his family permission for mercy killing, as he hasn’t received his salary since 2006.

He asserted that his family can not sustain their lives without any earnings. Rakshale’s salary was stopped after he complained against the Principal of the college where he taught Marathi.

“It is my humble request that the concerned authorities grant me justice within one week from today (May 2) or one week from today, you (President) grant permission for me, my wife, my two daughters and one son to end our lives,” the petition for mercy killing reads.

“I was working as a Marathi lecturer since 1991 in the Independent Pre-University College in Santhapura, located in Bidar district. Sometime in 2006, the lecturers realised that the college Principal Belthar Shivaraya, had withheld our provident fund and insurance money. When, I complained to the management, they did not take any action,” Ramesh alleges.

In 2007, Ramesh went on a 45-day hunger strike in front of the office of then Deputy Commissioner of Bidar District, Harsha Gupta.

When this did not produce results, he decided to move the High Court . In 2011, he filed a petition with the Kalaburagi bench of the Karnataka High Court, stating that the college management had withheld his salary and fired him from his job without giving him a relieving letter.

In 2015, the Administrator of the PUE Department, this time Seema Chathure, filed an affidavit with the court stating that Ramesh had been transferred to DUD Pre University College in Belagavi. The case was again dismissed, he narrates.

He had never imagined that the same fate awaited him at the college in Belagavi too. This college also refused to take him on as an employee.

Refusing to accept defeat, Ramesh went back to the HC for the third time. This time, he was transferred to Shivaji PU College in Bidar’s Balkhi taluk.

“Four months ago, the transfer order came in. Shivaji College is also refusing to employ me despite the transfer orders. I have three children and with no other way out, I have taken so many loans that I am not able to repay. Even the money made from the home tuitions I conduct is not enough. There is no way my family can sustain itseslf. I don’t have the strength to fight anymore,” Ramesh weeps, as he recounts his tale.

Courtesy- The News Minute

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