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Harassed 19-year-old girl sets herself ablaze

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TIRUPATI: Unable to bear torture from her jilted lover Anand, a 19-year-old girl committed suicide by setting herself afire at the BC Colony in the Beerangi Kothakota mandal headquarters town on Saturday.

Though the two were reportedly close to each other, Roja decided to part ways after she came to know that Anand was already married and had two children.

According to the police, when Roja's grandparents went to the nearby Chintamani town across Karnataka border in connection with a marriage alliance for her this afternoon, Anand barged into Roja's house and created a furore, insisting that she marry him.

Anand, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, ignored the girl's repeated pleas to leave her alone and abused her for refusing to marry him. He finally left in a huff, with the neighbours gathering and chastising him for harassing the girl who was alone in the house.

Miffed at the incident, Roja went to her maternal uncle's house in the adjacent street and bolted the door from inside. Later, she doused herself with kerosene and set herself afire. Hearing her screams, the neighbours rushed to her rescue, but she died of burns within minutes. The enraged residents of the colony caught hold of Anand and thrashed him before handing him over to the police. The police officials got him treated for the injuries and took him into custody for driving Roja to suicide.

According to B.Kothakota Sub-Inspector B.Ashok Kumar, a case was booked under section 306 (abetting in committing suicide). However, conflicting reports are doing rounds with the locals putting the blame squarely on Anand. After thrashing him severely, the residents of the colony told the local media that the jilted lover himself had admitted to having set the girl afire.

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