Man Kills Self, Family in Bihar
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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