A 17-year-old girl has rather used the extreme way to show that she really loves her boyfriend and her dream to be his wife but the background of her boyfriend overshadowed her dream.
The girl identified as Aisha has set her self ablaze over her boyfriend’s inability to pay her dowry – A dowry is an amount of property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage.
According to reports, Aisha decided to commit suicide after she learned that her fiance who dated her for quite a long time has no money to pay for dowry in preparation for her wedding.
He said her lover called Umar, was asked by her parent to present himself to her family for the marital engagement but the young man told her parent that he was not financially well off to pay for the N17,000 (approximately GH₵260.00) as dowry demanded by the father of the girl.
“She brought a gallon of petrol and a matchbox. She got her self drenched in the petrol and struck a match stick and within a second she got engulfed in flames.Even before setting her self ablaze, her younger sister had tried hard to stop her from taking the dangerous decision by flinging the matchbox from her hand as any time she attempted to strike the matches the younger sister would stop her until when she became tired of stopping and went away.”
“The girl then ran outside the house screaming for help until some good Samaritans arrived and put out the raging flames tormenting her. The girl’s father said he had no money to take her to the hospital as he could only boast of N750 at the time the incident happened,” he said.