Madhya Pradesh Couple Separated Over Tomato !!
Written by Famitha mohamed Published on Jul 14, 2023 | 03:43 AM IST | 54
Madhya Pradesh: Tomato Dispute Leads to Domestic Tiff in Madhya Pradesh
In a surprising incident that highlights the growing concerns over soaring tomato prices in India, a husband in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district filed a police complaint after his wife left their home following an argument over the inclusion of tomatoes in their meal. The incident occurred in Dhanpuri, an area where the price of tomatoes has become a major talking point in recent weeks, with traders resorting to extreme measures such as employing bouncers to protect the valuable commodity, which is being sold at exorbitant prices exceeding Rs. 100 per kilogram.
The individual at the center of the complaint, Sandeep Burman, operates a small dhaba (eatery) in Dhanpuri. He reported to the police that he had prepared food for tiffin supply and added two to three tomatoes, which displeased his wife. The use of tomatoes, which currently sell at Rs. 140 per kilogram, sparked a heated argument between the husband and wife, ultimately leading to the wife leaving their home.
Confirming the incident, Sanjay Jaiswal, the officer-in-charge at the Dhanpuri police station, stated that the complainant reported his wife’s departure with their minor daughter due to her dissatisfaction over the tomatoes used in the meal. Jaiswal further added that the wife had agreed to return home after counseling provided by the police.
Madhya Pradesh’s Sanjeev Burma said that his wife was upset after he used two tomatoes for cooking.
The rise in tomato prices has been observed not only in Madhya Pradesh but across the country. The retail market has witnessed prices soaring as high as Rs. 150-160 per kilogram. This surge in tomato prices is accompanied by a general increase in vegetable prices, with items like ladyfinger (okra) witnessing a rise from Rs. 20 to Rs. 45-50 per kilogram.
Other vegetables such as bottle gourd, sponge gourd, and pointed gourd have also experienced significant price increases, reaching Rs. 45-50 per kilogram. Responding to the inflated vegetable prices, an innovative offer was recently introduced by a mobile shop owner in Ashoknagar, who provided two kilograms of tomatoes to customers purchasing a mobile device from his store.
The escalating vegetable prices have not only caused domestic disputes but have also become a topic of discussion in political circles. Congress MLA Kalpana Verma made a statement during the monsoon session of the Assembly by wearing a garland made of tomatoes and chili, symbolizing the discontent with soaring vegetable prices. Congress workers have also staged protests in various parts of the state, expressing their frustration and concern.
The ongoing tomato price crisis highlights the challenges faced by households and businesses alike. As essential food items become increasingly unaffordable, it puts a strain on the already burdened budgets of families across the country. The issue has sparked debates on the underlying causes of the price surge and the measures that need to be taken to stabilize the market.
While efforts are being made to address the situation, such as counseling sessions conducted by the police to reconcile the quarrelling couple, a more comprehensive solution is required to mitigate the impact of skyrocketing vegetable prices on the lives of ordinary citizens. Authorities and policymakers must explore strategies to stabilize prices, ensure fair distribution, and promote sustainable agricultural practices to prevent such crises in the future.
In the meantime, the incident in Dhanpuri serves as a stark reminder of the extent to which rising tomato prices have permeated society, affecting even the most intimate aspects of people’s lives. It is a call for urgent action and collective efforts to find solutions to the challenges posed by volatile commodity prices, ensuring a more stable and affordable food supply for all.
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