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Debt Drives Family of Seven to Suicide

Debt Drives Family of Seven to Suicide

by Kevin Caruso

July 18, 2004

An entire family of seven died by suicide on July 18 in India as a result of a growing debt.

A suicide note was left indicating the severity of their financial problems.

The family owned a bakery in Kolkata, India.

"The family apparently was under a huge loan burden," said police officer Subrata Banerjee.

Two of the family members were children, including a three-month-old baby.

Police believe that the eldest son, Shankar Saha, administered poison to the other six family members and then hanged himself.

The bodies were discovered by a housemaid.


It is always very disturbing to hear about a "suicide pact."

One or more of the members of this family most probably was suffering from depression. And untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

A person suffering from depression cannot think clearly because he or she has a chemical imbalance in his or her brain.

Depression is highly treatable.

If you or someone you know has depression, please reach out for help.

Please click below for additional information.

Depression and Suicide

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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