Imitating TV show, girl sets herself ablaze

Imitating TV show, girl sets herself ablaze

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Like many other students, eight-year-old Ragini (name changed), a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi district, also wanted to be good in her studies.

But instead of achieving success through hard work, she tried to make her dream come true by doing something that was nearly fatal for her.

Ragini, according to her parents, was an avid watcher of soap operas. She especially liked one particular serial that promoted superstitious beliefs. In one of the episodes, she watched a girl performed some occult practices and then set herself ablaze to become intelligent.

According to the reports, on September 9, Ragini went to her school carrying kerosene oil and a matchbox. She went into the toilet of the school immediately and set herself on fire.

Her younger brother, who was a student of second standard at the same school, saw her going to the toilet and followed her. When he saw smoke emanating from the toilet, called for help. The door was broken open and Ragini was rushed to the hospital by the school staff.

Police said that she had sustained 35% burn injuries and was referred to a higher centre in the neighbouring Varanasi district. Her condition was stated to be stable.

Her father, who owned a small shop in Ghosia Nagar area, said that she had taken such a bizarre and shocking step under the influence of the TV serial. The school authorities confirmed that Ragini had brought kerosene oil and matchbox with her.