A 15-year-old girl succumbed to her burn injuries in Mirzapur district after she immolated herself over alleged harassment by a youth from her neighbourhood.
The girl had set herself on fire last Saturday and later died at the district hospital where she was undergoing treatment.
Surprisingly the local police swung into action only after the girl died. The police claimed to have registered a case of abetment to suicide against the 19-year-old accused and also arrested him.
‘On November 23 (Monday), a complaint was filed by the grandfather of the girl that she was being harassed and teased on the way to her house by a youth.
Due to the constant harassment, the girl set herself on fire. She was taken to the district hospital where she died on Monday evening.
“We have arrested the accused named in the FIR,” Mirzapur SP Ajay Kumar Singh said.
The local SHO said the houses of the accused and the girl were on the opposite side of a road.
‘The girl, who studied in Class IX, used to attend coaching classes. On Saturday evening, she and her friends were talking outside her house when the accused made a remark that led to an altercation between them. Half an hour later, she set herself on fire in her home,” the SHO said.
Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl allegedly hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her home in Muzaffarnagar district on Wednesday.
The family members claimed that she took the extreme step after being refused by her mother to accompany her to a wedding ceremony.
According to Station House Officer of Charthawal police station, Dharmendra Singh, by the time the police reached the spot for investigation, the family members of the girl had buried the body.
The incident took place in Nirdhana village.
According to the villagers, the girl locked the door from inside and hanged herself.