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Woman Who Set Herself Ablaze Unable To Exchange Old Currency Notes, Dies

She took the extreme step out of total helplessness as her four children had not eaten anything for three days.

05/12/2016 3:17 PM IST | Updated 05/12/2016 4:05 PM IST
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ALIGARH -- Days after setting herself ablaze in Aligarh after allegedly failing to exchange old notes, a 45-year-old daily wage labourer died at a hospital in New Delhi.

Razia passed away on Sunday. Her family told media persons that she immolated herself on the evening of 20 November after "failing to exchange six notes of ₹500 despite attempting to do so at different branches of banks in the old city area for five days".

Razia was a resident of Shahjamal locality in Delhi Gate area. Angered by her death, locals in the area also protested.

Senior district officials and police personnel were present at her funeral on Sunday that took place after the officials and city chief of Samajwadi Party Baba Farid assured the protestors that they would take up the matter with the state government.

On the night of 20 November when Razia was rushed to the district hospital in a critical condition she told media persons that she took the extreme "out of total helplessness as her four children had not eaten anything for three days".

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