Kerala man sets 16-year-old girl on fire and sets herself on fire over relationship issues

The two were transferred to a private hospital in Ernakulam for treatment, but succumbed to severe burns.

An alleged birthday party has taken a tragic turn in Palakkad, Kerala, after a 23-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl were found charred to death in the elder’s house on Sunday, April 24. According to the police, the man, identified as Balasubramaniam, first set fire to the girl and then set himself on fire in his house in Kollengode of Palakkad.

The two would have been a couple. According to the police, Balasubramaniam had invited the girl to their home under the pretext of celebrating her birthday on Saturday evening. Her mother said the incident happened around 7am on Sunday and she only noticed anything was wrong when she saw smoke and flames coming out of her bedroom. According to Mathrubhumi, his mother and younger brother were in the house at the time of the incident.

The report also states that the mother was unaware that her son was in a relationship or that he had brought the girl to their home at night. When she saw the smoke from Balasubramaniam’s room, the neighbors were also alerted and they helped put out the fire. The couple were then rushed to Thrissur Medical College Hospital and then to a private hospital in Ernakulam. However, both succumbed around 2:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the police, the girl’s parents were unhappy with her relationship with Balasubramaniam and would not allow her to see him. However, it is learned that they had said they would allow the two to marry after the girl turns 18. “The two were in a relationship and the parents had assured the couple to give their blessing for their marriage after the daughter turned 18. The parents have no idea why they resorted to this extreme measure” , a police official from the Kollengode police station told TNM.

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