A 40-year old woman attempted suicide by setting herself on fire allegedly after policemen came to her house to arrest her son. She has been admitted to Kilpauk Medical College with burn injuries.

According to the police, Deivayani (40), is married to Andrews who works in the Chennai Corporation. They have three children — Dilli, Raju and Rajesh. The family resides at Perumal Koil Garden, Fourth Lane. On Sunday morning, Dilli got into a fight with another resident on the same lane.

Based on a complaint, the police came to arrest Dilli. Deivayani refused to let the police arrest her son. “The inspector went inside the house and was searching for Dilli. By then she raised a hue and cry,” said a police officer.

She then doused herself with kerosene and set herself ablaze. A policemen doused the fire and rushed her to hospital. “She has sustained only 30% burns, mostly on her legs,” said T.S. Anbu, deputy commissioner of police, Flower Bazaar.

Keywords: suicide attempt


Chennai City ColumnsSeptember 24, 2010

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