Sisters die following self-burning attempt


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

Compiled by JAMIE YONG, ARIESSA RAZALI, LIEW JIA XIAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

TWO sisters who were seriously injured in a self-immolation attempt following an argument have died, Makkal Osai reported.

The elder, a 39-year-old woman reportedly set herself on fire at her home in Simpang Ampat, Penang, on Thursday.

The woman, who had symptoms of elephantiasis, was apparently depressed because treatment was not helping her condition.

She often got into arguments with her 33-year-old sister.

Following another argument, the older sister set herself on fire in their home.

The younger sister tried to help save her but she too sustained extensive burns.

The fire spread throughout the house but firemen managed to rescue the two women.

Both were treated at the Seberang Jaya Hospital, but died within hours of each other on Saturday.

> A man in Uttar Pradesh, India, was arrested for marrying two women at the same time on the same stage, the same daily reported.

Sandeep Uikay began dating a woman when he was attending college in Bhopal a few years ago, but his family did not approve of the relationship.

When his family arranged for him to marry another woman from his village, Sandeep threatened to kill himself.

Eventually, Sandeep and his family, his girlfriend and her family, and the would-be bride and her family held a panchayat (adjutication) to discuss the matter.

During the panchayat, both women agreed to marry Sandeep and live together and the families and village elders gave their blessings for this arrangement.

The simultaneous weddings took place in the groom’s village attended by all three families and the villagers.

However, Sandeep was arrested by the police soon after because marrying two women at the same time is illegal. The authorities are investigating the case.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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