Baripada: In an unfortunate incident, a mentally challenged woman set herself afire along with her nine-month-old daughter at Telabila village under Baripada Sadar police limits in Mayurbhanj district.
The deceased woman has been identified as Thakurmani Singh. She was mentally retarded, her husband Sunaram Singh said.
Thakurmani was staying at her aunt’s house as she was no well. She returned home yesterday while her husband was not present in the house. She poured kerosene on her and infant daughter before setting afire.
The infant died on the spot while Thakurmani was rushed to Baripada district headquarters hospital in a critical condition. She succumbed to burn injuries while undergoing treatment.
“She herself committed the crime when I was not in the home. When I returned, I saw both of them were lying on the ground in semi-burnt condition. I don’t know why she committed such things? She was mentally challenged,” Sunaram said.
“The infant was declared received dead while mother succumbed to burns later at the hospital. We have registered a case in this regard,” said Swarnalata Minj, IIC, Baripada Sadar police station.