Family of Five Sets Themselves On Fire to Protest Demolition of Home

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A west India family set fire to themselves as a final act of protest against losing their home.

The Mansingh family, believed to be Nepalese immigrants, went to discuss the state of their property with officials at a council’s office in Rajkot, India. The family was under the impression that the Rajkot Municipal Corporation was planning to demolish their home because it is allegedly an unauthorized structure.

The family of five did not receive the answers they were looking for, so went out into the square in front of the office, poured kerosene on their bodies, and set themselves on fire.

The three females, Rekha, Asha and Vasumati, and two males, Girish and Bharat, were extinguished and transported to Rajkot Civil Hospital.

Bharat Mansingh, 40, died at the hospital from severe burns and two others are said to be in critical condition.

After the incident, the corporation denied that they were planning to demolish the Mansingh’s house.

Sources: Deccan Chronicle, Daily Mail