The Daily Bhakshar reports on a rash of self-immolations among Indian youth. In the most recent incident, a young girl doused herself in kerosine and set herself afire. Before she died, she told her parents that two ghostly girls had told her to do it. Strangely, this is not the first such incident:
Henna’s father Abdul Razzaq and brother Feroz were shocked when the dying girl told them that two girls had come to her and asked her to douse with kerosene and accompany them. However, no one saw the mysterious girls entering in or going out of the house before or after the incident. They were also shocked as Henna was absolutely normal and had meal with family before she was found 100% burnt.
Investigating officer sub-inspector Qureshi told us the family members and neighbors stated that Henna had told them she was under influence of some paranormal power who asked her to commit suicide and she followed the order.
The police officer claimed similar incidents occurred in the past too where minor girls committed suicide by immolating inside their houses and they cited the same reason behind the extreme steps.
Vimla Bai, who had taken Henna to hospital, claimed that she too had lost her son Dharmendra in similar grotesque circumstances. He immolated self inside the small house, the woman said. She also claimed before her death Henna told her about two girls who asked her to accompany them.
Two years ago, a minor girl Aatesha, daughter of Atiq, was found with cent percent burns in the house. Atiq had then claimed that barring his daughter all the other items in the house were found intact. Besides, the reason behind her suicide is unclear till date. In her dying declaration Aatesha had also told about some paranormal powers influencing her.
Tales of ghosts who bring doom to unsuspecting young people are a staple of urban legends. While it’s scary (and by extension, fun) to imagine that little girl ghosts are on the prowl in India, the more likely culprit is a form of hysterical reaction. Stories like these get passed around for years, and it’s only a matter of odds before they reach the ears of fantasy-prone individuals disturbed enough to act upon them. Either that, or all of this could be fabrication and exaggeration. The case is quite similar to the “Gloomy Sunday” suicides of the 1930s, when a hysterical press reported dozens of people committing suicide after hearing the song. While facts to corroborate these deaths are rather thin on the ground, it is interesting to note that the song’s composer actually did kill himself many years later…