India: Girl set herself on fire because parents couldn’t pay the $3.30 school fee
ASIA / Odisha, India – A teenage girl is in serious condition after setting herself on fire on 24th July 2014.
The fifteen-year-old girl from Ghatguda High School was said to have set herself alight after her parents told her they couldn’t afford to pay her school fee. According to her sister Lalita, Kanak Dei Bhatra, a Year 10 student, asked her parents for Rs. 200 (USD $3.30). Her parents, being daily-salaried workers couldn’t afford it.
Lalita said her sister then locked herself in the kitchen, poured kerosene on herself and set herself ablaze. When they saw her on fire, the family members and villagers tried rescuing her. She had already sustained over 85% burn injuries when the fire was put out. Kanak was rushed to a hospital where her condition is said to be serious.
The victim recently skipped classes and worked as a labourer to buy books and other study materials with the money she earned, local news paper Sambad said Saturday.
District official Parikhita Sethi said he had visited the house of the victim and investigated into the matter. They are classifying the case as an accident.
On 28th July, Odisha Channel reported the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the State Government will bear the medical expenditure; the girl is currently undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical in Cuttack.
In 2013, enewsinsight reported the Annual Economic Survey of Odisha for the year 2013-14, which was presented in the state assembly on Monday, revealed the wide regional and social disparities in terms of economic development in the state. Poverty stricken Nabarangpur district has the lowest percapita income with Rs. 14107 (USD$234) in the state.
The Nabarangpur district is predominantly an agricultural district. About 90 per cent population of this district depends on farming to earn their livelihood.