Child ends life after ‘visit’ by dead friend’s ‘ghost’

February 24th, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by admin  

Madurai, Feb 24 (IANS) A child committed suicide in a Tamil Nadu town after he claimed that the “ghost” of a teenager friend, who had taken her life earlier, asked him to “go to her”. Balaji, 11, a resident of Tiruppuvanam town in Sivaganga district, was severely depressed after his neighbour Amudha committed suicide a few months back by setting herself ablaze.

Since then, Balaji, a Class 6 student, repeatedly claimed that Amudha’s ghost used to visit him. He said the “ghost” urged him to “go to her”. On Thursday, he poured kerosene on himself and set himself ablaze, the local media said.

Balaji’s parents had taken him for psychiatric help and also visited temples, but to no avail.

The child was not going to school regularly. His parents had left him alone when he committed suicide.

Balaji was taken to the Government Hospital in Madurai, about 50 km away, but he could not be saved.

Police have registered a case.

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