Create awareness rather than ridicule: Congress slams PM Modi for ‘suicide note’ joke
Congress on Thursday condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suicide-letter joke, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra saying the prime minister and those who laughed heartily at his joke should educate themselves better than “ridicule” mental health issues. In an “unconscious” manner.
Prime Minister Modi, while addressing a media channel conference on Wednesday, joked how a professor had read a suicide note written by his daughter and had mistaken the spelling for his efforts over the years.
The prime minister made this joke by mentioning that the editor-in-chief of the channel had started speaking good Hindi.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi that thousands of families are losing their children to suicide, saying “Prime Minister should not make fun of them”.
Tagging a funny video of Modi at the conference, Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “Depression and suicide, especially among the youth, is no laughing matter. According to NCRB data, 164033 Indians committed suicide in 2021. Majority of them. Below 30 years of age. It’s a tragedy, not a joke.” ”
“The PM and those who laugh heartily at his jokes should better educate themselves and raise awareness about mental health issues rather than make fun of them in this insensitive, sick way,” the Congress general secretary tweeted, referring to PM Modi and ‘The Live Love Laugh’. A foundation dealing with mental health issues.
The Congress party also shared a video of Modi’s remarks on Twitter and criticized him.
“PM makes ‘joke’ about ‘suicide’. How can one be insensitive to suicide?” Congress said on Twitter.
According to government statistics, more than 1.64 lakh Indians committed suicide in 2021. 450 people commit suicide every day in our country, this is a ‘joke’ for the Prime Minister,” said the opposition.
Asked about the comments at the press conference, Congress media chief Pawan Khera said such comments are not appropriate for the post of prime minister.