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In India, father burns self to death as son could not get admission in school

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A software engineer in India’s IT capital Bengaluru burnt himself to death after his son could not get admission in a leading school, a news report has revealed.

According to the India Today report, 35-year-old Ritesh Kumar had paid a hefty sum for the admission of his 7-year-old son. The payment was made to a company that gave tutorials.

But when Ritesh’s son couldn’t secure admission first time around, he was returned half the money with the promise of admission the next year.

Unwilling to trust the tutorial company a second time, Kumar reached its office carrying a bottle of petrol and set himself ablaze. Kumar succumbed to his burns next day at a local hospital, said the report.

There are varying versions of whether the tutorial service owner tried to stop him from immolating himself.