The very passion that fueled his son had turned into an obsession and ultimately consumed him.

Cant watch humans destroying nature TN man says before killing himself
news Suicide Friday, October 14, 2016 - 18:01

For the past several years, 23-year-old K Jawahar had been passionately working towards one cause- the environment and its conservation.

The Trichy youth, his father Kumaran tells The News Minute, dropped out of school when he was in Class 10. He wanted to find solutions to the multitude of environmental problems plaguing the world.

“He was always into environmental conservation and wanted to help people. He was worried about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. He used to submit petitions for different problems like street light issues, eradication of Karuvelam trees and many others,” he states.

Kumaran says that his wife and he always supported their son in his cause. But on Monday evening, the security guard at a private college in the city, would get what was perhaps the rudest shock of his life.

The very passion that fueled his son had turned into an obsession and ultimately consumed him. Jawahar had ended his life.

Having gone missing earlier in the day, his now lifeless body was fished from a canal near their house by fire and rescue officials in the evening.

He was cremated on Wednesday. 

In a video later retrieved from his phone, a seemingly impassive Jawahar can be seen saying, “For the welfare of the society and for plastics to be banned, I’m committing suicide. There is nothing wrong in killing myself for the well-being of 127 billion people in the country. Humans are destroying nature and I cannot be a mute spectator.”

His father is too grief-stricken to process the drastic step taken by his son who, he says, did not even have friends and was always trying to do something for the society on his own.

“He never used to tell me about his problems, he mostly used to tell his mother. Before he took this extreme step, he never spoke to anyone about what he was going through. If he would have discussed with us, we could have stopped him,” Kumaran rues.

Also read Vincent Arockiaraj's story on Kumaran in The Times of India.

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