20-year-old woman dies week after she set ablaze herself

Srinagar

A 20-year-old woman on Tuesday died at a hospital here, a week after she allegedly set herself ablaze at Kund area of Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The woman (name withheld), hailing from Nageenpora Kund, was at her in-law’s house when she set ablaze herself on March 17, official sources said. The woman was taken to SHMS hospital here soon after the incident and she succumbed to the severe burn injuries early on Tuesday.

A police officer told news agency GNS that she had suffered 60% burn injuries and an FIR (05/2020) under IPC section of 309 was registered on March 17 when the incident happens. “We are investigating as to what led her take such an extreme step and if it turns out that anyone has abetted the suicide, he or she would be taken to task,” the police officer said, adding, “Now that the woman has succumbed to the injuries, more IPC sections will be added to the FIR already registered in connection with the incident.”

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