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Karachi infant dies as “financially distressed” family tries suicide

According to the police, an infant perished in Karachi on Friday after a man and three other family members allegedly attempted suicide by ingesting a poisonous substance due to inflation.

District West SSP Faisal Bashir Memon told that a 40-year-old Surjani Town resident self-administered a noxious substance to himself, his 35-year-old wife, and their four- and two-year-old infant daughters due to “frustration over inflation”

The two-year-old child died.

Rescue crews then transported the family to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Dr. Summaiya Syed Tariq, a police surgeon in Karachi, stated that she received the corpse of a baby girl along with her critically ill father, mother, and sister at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Karachi infant dies as "financially distressed" family tries suicide
Karachi infant dies as "financially distressed" family tries suicide

“History suggests that the parents intentionally ingested ‘Neela thorax (copper sulfate) after giving it to their children,” she tweeted. “The stated reason is unemployment and inability to make ends meet.”

According to SSP Memon, the individual was the sole provider for his family, lived in a rented home, and struggled with inflation and unemployment.

Due to poverty and inflation, a laborer and two children committed suicide by leaping into a canal in Narowal, Punjab, last month.

The victim’s neighbor told investigators that the deceased was a hard-working man. But that he frequently fought with his family over money problems.

In another incident earlier this month, a man disturbed by inflation. And poverty jumped into the Abbasia canal at Head Panjnad in Muzaffargarh with his four-year-old daughter.

With weekly inflation exceeding 40%, the purchasing power of millions of Pakistanis has been further eroded. With many unable to afford even the most fundamental necessities.

The Consumer Price Index rose to 31.50 percent in February, the highest level since June 1975. It was followed by a precipitous decline in the value of the rupee, with the government increasing energy prices and taxes to meet International Monetary Fund loan requirements.

All of these factors have significantly contributed to Pakistan’s current record-high inflation.


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