Woman dies after self-immolation in Jharkhand

Woman dies after self-immolation in Jharkhand
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RANCHI:

A 25-year-old woman, identified as Vishakhi Murmu and her eight-month-old son died after she set herself and the child on fire in Jharkhand's Jamtara district on October 6.

A preliminary investigation found that the woman was depressed as her child was suffering from an illness for the last three months, Nala Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Manoj Kumar Jha said.

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The woman was staying at her parents' house with her son Vishnu as her husband Ranjeet Tudu was working elsewhere.

As per Murmu's parents, she came out of the house with her son while others were asleep and poured kerosene over herself and the child setting themselves on fire. Her parents and other villagers heard their screams and tried to rescue them by dousing the fire and admitting them to a hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries, Jha said.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination and further investigation is underway.

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