Dalit woman immolates herself with ailing son in Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s constituency

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A Dalit woman allegedly killed her six-year-old ailing son and committed suicide at Talpura village in Budhni tehsil, the constituency of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, police said.

Durga Bai (25), poured kerosene on her son Devansh and herself and set both of them on fire at her house in Budhni tehsil in Sehore district yesterday, Additional Superintendent of Police A P Singh said.

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Other members of the family were not in the house.

Devansh was born with a hole in his heart, and following his birth she suffered from depression, the ASP said.

Meanwhile, a Congress delegation visited Budhni and alleged the mother and son died because the state machinery failed to help them.

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“Durga begged for help but did not get any,” state Congress’s chief spokesperson K K Mishra told PTI after visiting Budhni along with state Congress general secretary P C Sharma and former Bhopal Mayor Vibhay Patel.

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The incident belied the Chief Minister’s assurance that nobody in the state would die for want of medical care, he said, and sought Chouhan’s resignation.

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