Woman dies after setting herself on fire after mum hides mobile in row over boyfriend
A young woman has died after she set fire to herself when her mum hides her mobile phone to stop her from calling her boyfriend. The woman, who has been named as 20-year-old D Hashini Piumika, poured kerosene over her body and set it alight in Puttalam, Sri Lanka.
According to national news outlet Dinamina, Hashini was seeing a man who her mum did not approve and she refused to end the relationship. Her mum had asked her several times to break it off but her daughter continued to speak constantly to the man on her mobile phone so she hid it and refused to give it back, Dinamina reports.
According to the outlet, on August 20 a fierce argument broke out between the mum and daughter as Hashini begged her to give her back her mobile to no avail. Hashini then reportedly set herself on fire. She was rushed to Chilaw General Hospital but died from her injuries the next day.
The Chilaw police department is investigating the death. There is no further information as to whether Hashini intended to kill herself or simply wanted to scare her mother out of frustration. In recent decades, Sri Lanka recorded one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with female suicide being second only to China and mostly concentrated in rural areas and the poorer classes.
However, since the turn of the century, the rate has dropped significantly and is now almost at its lowest in 30 years, according to a study.