Facebook Prevents Suicide Attempt in India

Published October 23rd, 2021 - 01:00 GMT
Facebook Prevents Suicide Attempt in India
This is the third such incident in which officials of Facebook in Ireland have coordinated with the Delhi Police since August last year. (Shutterstock)

A coordinated effort between an Ireland-based executive of social networking site Facebook and officers of the Delhi Police on Thursday helped save the life of a 43-year-old man from west Delhi, who allegedly consumed 40 to 50 bottles of a syrup used in the treatment of thyroid and uploaded a video of the act along with a message, which suggested that he was ending his life.

The officers of the cyber cell (CyPAD) and the Rajouri Garden police station took an hour and 15 minutes to locate the person's address, enter his house and find him alone in a semi-conscious state. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where timely medical intervention helped save his life, police officers said.

"The man was depressed over multiple reasons. His wife left him three years ago and shifted to Bhopal. He lost his job recently and his father had retired. He was also suffering from various health problems," said deputy commissioner of police (CyPAD) KPS Malhotra.

This is the third such incident in which officials of Facebook in Ireland have coordinated with the Delhi Police since August last year. The previous such case was on September 10, when a man was stopped from ending his life by jumping off Signature Bridge in north Delhi.

In the latest case, around 2pm on Thursday, the CyPAD officials received an "urgent message" from a Facebook official in Ireland alerting them that a man had posted a message regarding a "suicide attempt" on Facebook.

"Our cyber experts collected details and the location of the user and alerted senior officers of south-west and west districts. The Rajouri Garden police reached the house and rushed him to hospital after finding him semi-conscious," said Malhotra.

Malhotra said the man told police he consumed 40 to 50 bottles of a syrup used in the treatment of thyroid. In the morning, he spoke to his wife and told her that he wanted to visit her. But she refused to meet him, he said.

"To mount pressure on his in-laws, the man put the suicide attempt video on Facebook. But our timely response to the urgent message from the Facebook official saved his life," added Malhotra. Facebook officials declined comment on the incident.


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