Thursday 17 October 2019

Girl kills herself after Instagram 'suicide poll'


Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA
Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA

Emma Smith

A teenager has killed herself after posting a poll on her Instagram account asking followers if she should live or die, police in Malaysia said.

"Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L," the 16-year-old girl asked her followers.

Police chief Aidil Bolhassan said she was found dead at the bottom of a building in the city of Kuching, on the island of Borneo. He added that "D" stood for "death" while "L" stood for "life".

"As many as 69pc of the teenager's Instagram friends had supported the decision for her to kill herself via a voting poll," he said.

Mr Bolhassan added that the girl had apparently been suffering from depression, and had also posted on Facebook: "WANNA QUIT F***ING LIFE I'M TIRED."

Ramkarpal Singh, an MP in the north-western state of Penang, suggested that those who voted for her to die could be guilty of abetting suicide.

He said: "Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?"

Under Malaysian law, anyone convicted of abetting the suicide of a minor could face the death penalty or up to 20 years in jail.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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