Some concerned parents just wanted their daughter to focus on her studies when they banned her from using Facebook, but they had no way of knowing the 17-year-old girl would respond the way she did.
Aishwarya S. Dahiwal killed herself after being refused permission to access the social network.
The request was followed by an argument between Aishwarya and her parents on Wednesday night, which subsequently resulted in Aishwarya hanging herself.
Aishwarya was a second-year college student from Parbhani in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, according to the Wall Street Journal, and when she was not given permission to use the social network, she hanged herself.
Her parents were concerned that using the social network would mean Aishwarya would be “paying less attention to her studies.”
Police say a note left in her room confirmed she killed herself because she wasn’t able to access Facebook.
“We still can’t believe it. We are in deep shock,” said her father, Sunil Dahiwal, to India Real Time.
“We just wanted her to focus on her studies. We never thought she would ever take such a harsh step,” Mr. Dahiwal added.
Many teenagers in India are opting for the use of social networks over cell phone use, and Facebook is big among teens.
Were the parents wrong for curbing their daughter’s Facebook access, or was there no way of knowing what was to come? Either way it’s truly a sad day for the family.
Via: Wall Street Journal, Top Photo Courtesy: Almanar