A 19-year-old mother who was rejected from the government’s 5,000 baht handout program committed suicide yesterday morning after drawing a picture of the Prime Minister with a note explaining she couldn’t afford to take care of her family.
The tragic event highlights the ongoing struggle many people are facing since the shutdown of many businesses over the covid-19 pandemic leading to mass unemployment.
It is the latest in a spate of suicides that have happened over the past month throughout Thailand as people struggle to cope mentally and financially with the ongoing pandemic situation.
This case involves a young mother who worked as a security guard while also pursuing her dreams as an amateur artist. She passed away after leaving a note saying that she couldn’t afford to provide for her toddler.
Among her final messages was a post on Facebook that showed her portrait of the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, along with the lyrics to a song called “Far” by Manoj Puttan.
The post was accompanied by a message that showed the despair the young woman was facing. It read:
“Since I started drawing, I never looked down at a drawing so low like this one. I drew it with a feeling that I don’t have money to buy milk for my kid. Everything is so expensive. I drew this with a feeling that I work 12 hours a day and end up with nothing. I drew this in tears.”
“This is the era I feel the government is so mean. It sucks. Have you seen someone choose to die because they have nowhere else to go?”
Due to the nature of the young woman’s work as an informally employed security guard, she did not qualify for the cash handout and had run out of money.
Her brother had advanced her money to buy milk for her baby, but the 19-year-old had made a decision to end her life in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Source: Coconuts | Photo: Facebook/Pvlia Cyhfaoin