Asansol: An adult girl has been burned to death by her father for not giving him money to buy alcohol.
The incident has taken place at Memari police station area in East Burdwan district. The deceased girl, Saraswati Khetrapal (19), was a higher secondary student at Memari Rasiklal Smriti Balika Vidyalaya.
Saraswati lived with her parents in a single-storied asbestos roof house at Memari’s Hatpukur College Para locality.
Despite belonging to an impoverished family, she was keen on studying and had plans to go to college after higher secondary. To support her studies, Saraswati used to give tuition to children in her village.
Her father, Shankar Khetrapal, has all along been an alcoholic. He often used to demand money from Saraswati from whatever little she earned from imparting tuition.
Yesterday afternoon, Shankar came home in an inebriated state and demanded some money from his daughter to have another round of country liquor. His wife was away on domestic work at that time. Saraswati outright turned down the demand and instead went to her room for a nap.
Outraged by this, Shankar poured kerosene on Saraswati and set her on fire. To ensure that his daughter doesn’t reach a water body to douse the flames, he bolted the door from outside.
By the time neighbours rushed in on hearing Saraswati’s screams, she had suffered over 80 per cent burns. The girl was rescued and taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. She died there in the wee hours today.
Police have arrested the killer father on the basis of an FIR lodged by his wife.