Girl sets herself ablaze trying to enact TV serial scene, dies
Harihar (Davangere dist): A seven-year-old girl from the town set herself ablaze, trying to enact a scene from a TV serial.
The incident occurred on November 11, but came to light only now.
The deceased girl Prarthana, 7 – the daughter of Manjunath and Chaitra, residents of Ashraya Colony in the town. The girl is a class II student of St Mary’s School.
It is said that Prarthana used to regularly watch the serial Nandini, aired on one of the Kannada channels. On November 11, she enacted a scene from the serial, where the lead character dances surrounded by fire, when her parents were not at home.
Soon, the clothes Prarthana was wearing caught fire. Her younger sister, who was with her, tried to douse the fire, but in vain. She sought the help of her neighbours, who rushed there.
They extinguished the fire and rushed her to the hospital. Prarthana succumbed to her burn injuries on November 12 at the hospital. The town police have registered a case and are investigating.