Rampur: A poverty-stricken Dalit woman
allegedly committed suicide by shutting herself in a steel
trunk along with her two minor children and setting it on fire
in Moondha Pandey village.
32-year-old Usha Devi put her three children aged two,
four and six in a steel trunk yesterday. She then entered the
trunk, sprinkled kerosene over it and shut the box before
setting it on fire, police said today.
Her six-year-old son Sachin managed to come out of the
trunk before it caught fire and told the villagers about his
mother`s suicide but by then smoke was emanating from the box.
Villagers broke open the box and rushed the
nearly-burnt children and their mother to hospital where they
succumbed to injuries, police said, adding poverty apparently
drove the woman to take the step.
Usha Devi`s husband and mother-in-law were out for
work when the incident took place.