Ghosts Blamed for Rash of Self-Immolations in India


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…

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  • Calypso_1
    • Matt Staggs

      Sp-sp-sp-sperrrrmmmm ghosts!

    • Matt Staggs

      Sp-sp-sp-sperrrrmmmm ghosts!

      • Calypso_1

        Every one is sacred.

      • Calypso_1

        Every one is sacred.

      • Athenasius Birther

        Gives a whole new meaning to the term “ectoplasm”.

      • Athenasius Birther

        Gives a whole new meaning to the term “ectoplasm”.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    mass hysteria often has interesting symptoms
    like the mass hysteria effects of 9/11 in the US
    instead of a few Americans immolating themselves like India
    several million Arab/Muslim people were displaced, maimed and murdered
    to expiate the ghosts of Mohammed’s oil

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    mass hysteria often has interesting symptoms
    like the mass hysteria effects of 9/11 in the US
    instead of a few Americans immolating themselves like India
    several million Arab/Muslim people were displaced, maimed and murdered
    to expiate the ghosts of Mohammed’s oil

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Pardon me, but I get a bunch of ghosts routinely materializing on the magic box at all hours of the day asking me to buy Brand X, vote for Candidate Y or watch inane movie blockbuster Z, and I routinely tell them all to f*ck off.  How goddamned stupid do you have to be to douse yourself in gasoline because someone, ANYONE, asks to you?

    There’s an argument to be made that beneath a certain IQ level it doesn’t qualify as a loss of ‘human’ life.

    • Matt Staggs

      Perhaps you should ask the ghost of Jim Jones?

      • Liam_McGonagle

        If you’re suggesting that the human ego is a lot more fragile than I give it credit for, I have to concede the point.  It is a lot easier to live as a social outcast in a society where relationships are primarily mediated by the open cynicsm of materialist market philosophies.

        But still, you have to admit, even if you’re raised in a society that takes the physicial manifestation of spirits as unquestioned realities, it takes a monumental amount of the stupids to split yourself off from the rest of your community and commity grisly suicide at the behest of an entity you’ve met less than an hour ago.  That sort of thing comfortably fits within almost any definition of “evil”.

        Jones was a bit different in that he spent years building his cult, incrementally alienating his followers from society to the point where the obstacles impeding their re-integration really could seem insurmountable.  For a weak-willed person with no ego integrity, it could be quite easy to miss warning signs along the way.

        I think there is a clear difference with the situation presented in this article.