Punjab: Denied visa, 21-year-old girl sets self on fire, dies

21-year-old Pooranpreet Kaur, resident of Sarhali village, was depressed as her visa to go abroad got rejected.

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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A 21-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by setting herself on fire at her house in Sarhali village, 25km from Amritsar.

Reportedly, the victim, Pooranpreet Kaur, was depressed as her visa to go abroad got rejected. However, the country for which she had applied and the visa information was not available with the police.

In her complaint to Sarhali police, the girl’s mother, Rajwinder Kaur, said her daughter had completed senior secondary education and had also cleared the IELTS exam a few months back. She said her daughter had applied for a visa to go abroad on the basis of her IELTS score but her file was rejected a few days ago.

“Poonampreet was depressed since then and on Sunday afternoon, she was alone at her home when took the extreme step,” the mother said.

She said, “Some of our neighbours heard her cries, doused out the fire and rushed her to Sarhali civil hospital, where she was declared brought dead.”

Station house officer (SHO) of Sarhali police station, Kawalpreet Singh, said on the complaint of the deceased’s mother, they had filed the proceedings under Section 174 (police to enquire and report on suicide) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in this regard.

“We have sent the body to Tarn Taran civil hospital for postmortem,” he added.

Senior medical officer (SMO) Dr Nirmal Singh of Tarn Taran civil hospital said, “We got the corpse at 3.30 pm and the postmortem will be conducted on Monday at Tarn Taran mortuary house.”

However, director of state health department Dr Rajiv Bhalla had ordered all civil surgeons in the state in October this year, that only forensic teams will conduct postmortems in murder and suicide cases. Now, there is no forensic expert in Tarn Taran and the doctors here send the bodies to Amritsar government medical college.

The SMO however said, “We are not sending the dead bodies to Amritsar as the doctors of the medical college are refusing to take corpses for conducting postmortems there.”

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 20:12 IST