The Salem SP promised to suspend the Sub-inspector following the protests

Protests erupt after Salem woman commits suicide over morphed FB photos
news Social media Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 17:13

A day after a 21-year-old girl from Salem committed suicide after her morphed nude pictures were uploaded on Facebook, the police have promised to suspend the Sub-inspector who was handling the case.

This comes after around 150 people protested at the government hospital in Salem. The protest involved the victim’s family, citizen groups like Salem Citizens Forum and representatives of political parties like the BSP and the DMK. They demanded that the SI be suspended and charged with abetment to suicide, and the culprit who put up her morphed pictures be arrested. The victim’s family had also refused to claim the body until the demands were met.

Following the protest, Amit Kumar Singh, the SP of Salem promised to suspend the SI and also hold gender sensitisation programmes for police personnel. 

“The post-mortem will be conducted today and the parents have agreed to receive the body,” said Piyush, a representative of the Salem Citizens Forum.

On June 23, Vishnupriya’s father had filed a police complaint at the office of the District Superintendent of Police (DSP). While the complaint was forwarded to the Cyber Crime cell, Deccan Chronicle reported that the father had bought a phone worth Rs 2000, as demanded by the police, to speed up investigations.   

The police assured the girl’s family that they would find the accused with the help of the cyber crime cell within 15 days. But on Sunday night, another nude picture was uploaded on Facebook with her father’s mobile number. On Monday afternoon, Vishnupriya hanged herself to death when there was no one at home.

The suicide note left behind says she was taking the extreme step unable to bear the humiliation and because her parents suspected that she had something to do with the photographs.