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Angry at missing picnic, girl sets herself afire

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 26 :

A 15-year-old girl in Basudevpur in Bhadrak district got so angry when her mother refused to give her money for picnic that she poured kerosene and set herself on fire, police said on Thursday.

The girl with 90 percent burns is in a critical condition in a hospital. The incident took place on Wednesday.

The girl, a student of Class 10, wanted to go on a picnic with other students and asked her mother for Rs.500. When her mother refused to part with the money, she got angry and set herself ablaze with kerosene, a local police officer said.

The girl was rushed to a hospital for treatment. She has sustained about 90 percent burn injuries.

Her parents are daily-wage earners, the police officer said.

(With inputs from IANS)