Harassed teen critical after suicide attempt

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 11:30 hrs

Jaipur, Jan 4 (IANS) An 18-year-old girl was battling for life in a hospital here after she set herself on fire unable to withstand the harassment of a neighbour who insisted on marrying her, police said Friday.

The unnamed victim suffered 90 percent burns after pouring kerosene on herself and lighting a match to her clothes in Ramnagar in Alwar, some 150 km from Jaipur, Thursday afternoon.

As her condition was described as serious, doctors shifted her Friday to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur.

A police officer said the girl's statement had been recorded. The young man accused of harassing her, Rajesh Kumar Jogi, has been arrested.

"She confirmed the allegations of her family that she was being harassed by Rajesh," the officer said.

"Rajesh had threatened to kill her father and brothers if she did not agree to marry him. She was depressed over this," he said.

The officer said Jogi used to stalk the girl and constantly phoned her. "Her condition is very critical," said the officer.

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