Salem, June 28: A 21-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging on Monday after unidentified people doctored her photo, showing her as scantily clad, and uploaded it on Facebook last week.
“A suicide note was found in her room, in which she stated she could not deal with predicament, more so after her parents suspected she had something to do with the photos uploaded on Facebook,” said Sankari DSP Kandasamy.
The deceased has been identified as A Vinupriya, 21, a native of Elampillai in Salem district. Her father Annadurai, 50, is a weaver. She had completed B.Sc., Chemistry and was all set to start a government job.
Vinupriya was shocked when her friends told her that a morphed semi-nude picture of her was on Facebook, her father said. On June 23, Annadurai lodged a complaint with superintendent of police (SP), Salem district, Amit Kumar Singh, urging him to take action against the miscreants. The SP forwarded the complaint to Magudanchavadi police but they failed to act against the complaint in a timely manner.
During inquiry, the police assured Annadurai that they would nab the accused with the support of cyber crime sleuths. On Sunday night, another morphed semi-nude photo of Vinupriya was uploaded on Facebook. It was also sent to her father’s mobile phone. Unable to bear this torture, she committed suicide at noon on Monday, when she was home alone. When her parents returned home, they rushed her to Salem government super speciality hospital for treatment. But doctors at the hospital pronounced her as brought dead.
Her family refused to receive the body from the hospital after autopsy. They alleged that police were responsible for Vinupriya’s death. “If they had taken action against the miscreants, they may not have uploaded the second picture and she may still be alive,” Annadurai said. He refused to receive the body until the culprits were arrested.
Annadurai alleged that the police had forced him to buy a new mobile phone for them as a bribe to initiate inquiry. “Sankari DSP Kandasamy and Magudanchavadi police inspector Vivekanandhan threatened to initiate action against me if I refused to receive my daughter’s body,” he said.