No one could imagine that 23-year-old K Jawahar would go to the extent of committing suicide when he used to say that he would do anything to save the environment. Jawahar hailing from Thanjavur jumped into a canal in Thanjavur and committed suicide on Monday. His took this harsh decision of ending his life to support the cause of banning plastic.
Nature had always been close to Jawahar’s heart right from childhood. A class 10 dropout, he used to worry about how plastics and other pollutants were causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem and kept coming out with means to protect the environment.
He was always thinking and talking about nature and expressing concern over unplanned urbanisation and conversion of fertile lands. He used to campaign for eradication of karuvelam trees (Prosopis Juliflora), which were harmful. He was very concerned about the hazards of using plastics,” says K Kumaran, Jawahar’s father.
On Monday morning, Jawahar went missing from his home. His father, who works as a security guard at a private college, tried to find him everywhere but his attempts were all in vain. Laters some people from the neighborhood told him that his son had jumped into the river. Jawahar’s body was recovered by fire and rescue service personnel, sent for post mortem and cremated on Wednesday.
Later, the video clip was retrieved from his mobile phone. In that “I have decided to end my life to demand implementation of a ban on plastics and to safeguard nature. There is nothing wrong in sacrificing my life for the benefit of the 127-crore population of India. No one is behind my decision. No one should lead a life against the will of nature. But human beings are plundering natural resources. I cannot be a mute spectator.”