25 October 2013, 11:20

Indian teenager commits suicide after parents told her to stop using Facebook




A 17-year-old girl from India committed suicide after her parents told her she had to stop using Facebook, police said on Friday.

Aishwarya Dahiwal was found hanging in her bedroom on Wednesday after an argument with her parents in Maharashtra state’s Parbhani city, the Newsweek Pakistan reports, citing an investigating officer who wished to remain anonymous.

"On Wednesday night, she had an argument with her parents who told her not to just use Facebook and her mobile all day for chatting," the officer from Nanal Peth police station said. "They told her to focus on her studies. After the argument, she locked herself in her room and was found hanging later, with a suicide note nearby," he said. Police are currently examining the note, which refers to the argument and Facebook.

Although the Internet access remains low across India, it is quickly spreading among teenagers and India’s high school students, who prefer using Facebook for communication over phone calls.

It is expected that the Internet will be available to 200 million of the 1.2 billion population in India by the end of 2013.

Voice of Russia, Newsweek Pakistan

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