In Bathinda, Punjab, India, contract based teachers gathered round to ask for permanent spots in schools, and increase in wages (contract based teachers only get about 7000 Rupees, which is about $112 US per month).
It was a peaceful gathering, until one teacher stood up and set himself on fire.
The teacher has necessary degrees and meets the requirements for a decent paying teaching job, but as just a contractor earning pocket change, he was unable to support his family.
40% of his body was critically burned, but he survived. He is now in hospital, receiving treatment.
Best Gore member @GGEK explains:
Here in Punjab, if someone dies in a workplace accident or in a protest, his family member gets a permanent government job. I think this may have been one of the reason for the man to self immolate.
I know it sounds dumb to do that, but there is no other way. Either you live your miserable life on 112$ a month, or die and let your family members have a decent job and live a decent life.
There are more teachers unemployed in India, then all the teachers with a teaching job. There are also many schools in Punjab where there is only one teacher in whole school.
My mother is also a contract based teacher and she is given more work then a regular teacher. Just imagine spending your life with just 112$ per month with everything getting expensive day by day.
There is a lot I want to say but….. FUCK GOVERNMENT.