Chhattisgarh girl immolates self after panchayat decision, betrayal in love
RAIPUR: A village panchayat decision, family’s
accusations and the trauma of rejection by boyfriend provoked a 19-year-old
girl to set herself ablaze at Janjgir-Champa district who died late on Monday
at a hospital during treatment.
The boyfriend who had forced her into physical relationship
on pretext of marriage was fined Rs 5,000 by the panchayat but the girl had to
face insult before the village as well as accusations by her family drove her
to take the extreme step.
According to locals the deceased hailing from Pamgarh
area of Janjgir-Champa district was in a relationship with Yusuf Khan and the
matter came to the fore only when the girl’s mother caught them inside home
together soon after which the alarm was raised.
As the family objected over duo having physical
relationship, they asked Yusuf to marry the girl whom he had earlier promised
the same to get closer. When Yusuf showed resistance the matter was taken to
panchayat on Sunday.
Even before panchayat Yusuf refused to get married
against which panchayat asked him to pay fine and warned to never contact or
try to talk to the girl, one of the panch said.
Distressed over betrayal in love, the girl had to face
further outburst from the family for having an affair and for bringing bad name
to the family in front of all.
Anguished over rejections and blames, the girl poured
kerosene oil upon her and set herself ablaze. She had sustained 90 percent
burns when taken to the hospital and later she succumbed to injuries at a
hospital in Bilaspur.
Janjgir police had no clue about such incident till
late Monday and no case was registered till Tuesday evening.
The girl’s father said that he could have reported the
matter to police after panchayat’s decision but he had to face pressure from
locals for going against panchayat and had risk of being boycotted from