Plus II college girl sets self on fire in her bid to commit suicide, admitted to hospital

Sundargarh: An inmate of Sundargarh Women’s College hostel attempted to commit suicide at around 11 am today by setting herself on fire. She is a Plus II 1st-year student and belongs to Ekatali village of Jharsuguda district, a spokesperson of the college said.

The inmate sustained severe burn injuries starting from her waist up to the chest. She was initially rushed to Sundargarh district headquarters hospital (DHH) in critical condition and later was shifted to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla after her health condition deteriorated. She is undergoing treatment and is not out of danger, a VIMSAR doctor said.

According to a police source, all other inmates were busy with their own work as today was an off day. All of a sudden, the girl entered the bathroom of the hostel and set herself on fire.

Later, the girl screamed after wreathing in pain. Hearing her scream, some inmates along with hostel staff reached the spot and rescued her. She was sent to the hospital in an ambulance vehicle.

The reason behind the girl taking an extreme step has not been ascertained yet, the police official said.

When contacted, the hostel superintendent Smitarani Patel admitted the fire mishap but avoided giving any comment in this regard.

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