A fifteen year old boy from Agra, India, (who has remained unidentified by the press) set himself on fire this Sunday following homophobic abuse he received from school mates.
Reports are saying that the student was discovered being intimate with a fellow male student in a local park, and subsequently received harassment and abuse. Following the abuse the young man locked himself in his room over the weekend.
Witnesses say that he emerged from his room on Sunday afternoon, running outside and proceeded to pour diesel over himself before setting himself alight. Family and neighbours quickly poured water over him to put out the flames, wrapped him in blankets and rushed him to hospital.
Doctors are saying that he has received burns to 40% of his body. His father spoke to local news
to say, ‘He is unable to speak properly. The doctors say he is out of danger but I will only believe it when my son speaks to me.’
Despite not revealing the young mans identity sources are stating that he was an exceptional student and earned distinction grades in his previous year. He is currently pursing higher studies and plans to become an engineer.
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