Af­ter scold­ing, teen kills self in Ben­gal

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Koushik Dutta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Scolded by her el­der brother for her ad­dic­tion to so­cial net­work­ing sites, a 17-year-old girl took her own life in North 24 Par­ganas district of West Ben­gal.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Fri­day evening near Habra, about 45 km away from Kolkata.

Ac­cord­ing to district po­lice of­fi­cers, she an­nounced her death on her What­sApp sta­tus be­fore killing her­self.

Mampi Das, a stu­dent of Kaminiku­mar Girls’ High School, hanged her­self in her room with her du­patta.

“Fam­ily mem­bers do for­bid ado­les­cents to en­sure their wel­fare. But mere scold­ing won’t do. If the girl was adamant, she could have been taken for coun­selling,” Su­nanda Mukher­jee, for­mer chair­per­son of state women’s com­mis­sion, told the me­dia. Das would be con­stantly busy with so­cial net­work­ing plat­forms on her phone, invit­ing the ire of her fam­ily mem­bers. On Thurs­day, too, her el­der brother Du­lal Das chided her for be­ing hooked to the phone all the time.

On Fri­day evening, the girl took ad­van­tage of her fam­ily mem­bers be­ing away to a hos­pi­tal to visit a rel­a­tive who was ad­mit­ted there. Then they re­turned none opened the door. Peep­ing through the win­dow, they found Das hang­ing.

They broke open the door and rushed her to Habra State Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, where the doc­tors had de­clared her dead.

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