Four Nepalese, a mother, her two sons and their wives set themselves ablaze outside government offices at Rajkot, in Gujarat, western India. The five were protesting against the demolition of their houses after their neighbors complained that it's construction was unsafe. The family have there for 35years.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Hasumati Dalvani, 62, her sons Bharat Mansingh, 40, and Girish Mansingh, 38, and their wives Asha, 35, and Rekha, 33, poured kerosene all over their bodies and set themselves ablaze. Witnesses who tried to extinguish the fires and save the victims did so in vain. The two sons and their wives died in hospital due to first degree burns.
‘They had sustained 90 to 95 per cent burns to their bodies. They were in a critical condition. We tried to save them but in the end we couldn’t do enough. The mother is still with us but in a very critical condition.’ said Dr Sanjay Shah.
Rajkot city mayor, Janak Kotak said the municipality had no plans of demolishing their residences and that their grievances were with the other residents. Police arrested four other people who helped the victims in their suicide.
The municipality will compensate the family to a tune of £27,700.
Additional reporting: The Daily Mail.