Minor Girl Student Injured in Self-immolation Bid Critical

Published: 27th July 2014 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2014 08:40 AM   |  A+A-

BERHAMPUR:  Kanakadei Bhatra, a girl belonging to Nabarangpur district who allegedly attempted suicide by setting herself on fire after her parents expressed their inability to pay her school fees, was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack as her condition deteriorated on Saturday.

A Class X student of Ghatguda High School, Kanakadei suffered 95 per cent burn injuries. The incident occurred on Thursday and she was referred to MKCG Medical on Friday.

Kanakdei hails from Khutuguda village under Jhadabal panchayat in Papdahandi block of Nabarangpur. On her return from school on Wednesday, she asked her father Keshab Bhatra for `200 which she needed to pay her school fees. Keshab told her that he did not have the money.

On Thursday, she asked her mother Budhbari for the money and when she too refused, the girl locked herself in the kitchen, poured kerosene and set herself afire. Parents of Kanakdei work as daily wagers to earn livelihood. On Thursday, Additional Secretary to Revenue Divisional Commissioner (southern division), Sujata Sahu, visited the girl at the MKCG Medical and handed over `10,000 to her family members from Odisha State Treatment Fund. She said Kanakdei would be provided treatment free of cost.

Last month, a 14-year-old girl student of Government Girls’ High School in Aska had committed suicide by setting herself on fire after her parents could not give her `10 to buy a notebook and pencil.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp