Man kills self, family in Bihar

August 22nd, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Aug 22 (IANS) Driven by poverty, a man set his wife and three children on fire before killing himself in Bihar’s Aurangabad district early Monday, police said.

The man, a Mahadalit, poured kerosene and set his two daughters and a son on fire in Mujhar village of Aurangabad, about 100 km from here.

According to police, the family was upset after money allotted to them under a government scheme was fraudulently taken away by a middleman.

Mahadalits, the poorest of the socially marginalised people in Bihar, constitute nearly 15 percent of state’s 104 million population. The Census has identified 21 of the 22 Dalit sub-castes as Mahadalits.

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