Girl Immolates Herself Over Lack Of Toilet At Home

26/01/2016 9:17 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
An Indian woman walks after defecating on a railway track, on World Toilet Day in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014. India is considered to have the world's worst sanitation record despite spending some $3 billion since 1986 on sanitation programs, according to government figures. Building toilets in rural India, where hundreds of millions are still defecating outdoors, will not be enough to improve public health, according to a study published last month. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

HYDERABAD -- A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide today by setting herself afire as she was unhappy over lack of toilet at her house in Nalgonda district of Telangana.

The incident occurred at Gundala village.

The girl, a first-year intermediate student, doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire after her parents left for the work, police sub-inspector K Raja told PTI over phone. She died on the spot.

"Her parents are farm labourers and the family is poor.

They don't have a toilet at house and have to go outside to answer the nature's call. The girl had been asking her parents to build a toilet of late and they had told her they will be able to construct one by next summer," the officer said, citing the parents' statement.

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