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Girl Sets Self Ablaze Over Verdict

Published: 29th September 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2014 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: A Class XII student from a village near Madurai allegedly upset over the Bangalore court verdict attempted self-immolation on Sunday morning.

The victim identified as M Nagalakshmi (17) of Vangi Narayanapuram village near Ezhumalai, has been admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) here with 90 per cent burns. Doctors said that chances of survival for her were very low. Nagalakshmi was alone at the house when she resorted to the extreme step, police said. Neighbors doused the fire and rushed her to Usilampatti hospital from where she was shifted to the GRH, police said.

The girl later told the police that she was disappointed with the verdict. A police officer, who was at the Usilampatti government hospital, said, “She kept saying Amma gave free laptop and bicycle. How could someone jail her?”

Her father R Murugan, a small farmer and a labourer, said that Nagalakshmi was grumbling about the verdict after seeing it on TVs on Saturday. “I told her that Amma will be released soon. But never thought that she will go to this extent,” he said.

Nagalakshmi’s mother also works in the field and her two brothers have dropped out from school and were laborers. Both her father and mother are members of the AIADMK, villagers claimed. A teacher working at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Elumalai, where the girl was studying, said, “Nagalakshmi was an average student and she never had any problems.”

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