Woman Kills Herself After CyberBullying, NGO Calls For Heads To Roll

  • 21 May 2020

Cyberbullying has reportedly claimed yet another life, in the country. 

Penang-based NGO Malaysian Tamilar Kural said the latest case involves a 20-year-old woman who hung herself after allegedly receiving a barrage of trolling and derogatory remarks on a Facebook page which had shared her Tik-Tok video taken with her colleague, believed to be a Nepali.

The NGO's president David Marshel told Malaysiakini that the Facebook page has been deactivated after the woman's death became public. 

"The victim is a Malaysian from Bukit Mertajam, Penang. She made a 'Tik-Tok' video with her colleague, who is a foreigner. 

"However, the video was shared by the 'Jocker Oruvan' Facebook page, which accused her of having a relationship with the foreigner," he told the portal. 

The Facebook page's administrator had also allegedly ignored pleas from the victim's family to take down the post, after her death.

According to the New Straits Times (NST), the victim was found hanging by a window grille at her home in Kampung Kebun Nenas, on Tuesday night. 

Marshel has lodged a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), urging action to be taken against the Facebook page administrator, while the victim's family have also lodged a police report. 

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto had also paid attention to the incident. 

In a Facebook post, the DAP lawmaker said that she will personally move to ensure that an act to criminalise bullying and cyberbullying is enacted by the government.

This is not the first time cyberbullying has cost a live in Malaysia. 

In May last year, a 16-year-old girl jumped to her death in Sarawak after she posted a poll on her Instagram account asking followers if she should die or not, and 69% of responders voted that she should.

Source: Malaysiakini, NST


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