Unable to bear mounting medical expenses, an ailing 40-year-old man in Rajasthan built a pyre and lit it after sitting on it, police said Monday.
Giriraj Sharma had been suffering from an illness for many years. The incident took place in Baleta village in Alwar district, some 150 km from state capital Jaipur, a police official said.
"The medical history of the deceased showed that he was depressed due to the prolonged illness and had consulted a psychiatrist also telling him that he wanted to commit suicide," said the official.
"Giriraj Sunday collected wood and formed a pyre. He sat on it and poured kerosene on himself and set himself on fire," said the officer.
The villagers rushed to his rescue on seeing the flames but could not save him.
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