Me­mo­rial ser­vice held for Cindy in wake of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing sui­cide

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held Satur­day in Taichung for Tai­wanese model and actress Cindy (

), whose tragic sui­cide ear­lier this week ap­par­ently as a re­sult of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, sparked a na­tion­wide de­bate on such forms of abuse and the proper pun­ish­ment for them.

Fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing those from the en­ter­tain­ment cir­cle, at­tended the ser­vice at the Taichung City Mor­tu­ary Ser­vices Of­fice. Many fans also held flow­ers and mag­a­zines with Cindy on the cover to bid farewell to the en­ter­tainer.

Daugh­ter of for­mer Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture head Peng Tso-kwei, the 24-year-old en­ter­tainer, whose real name is Peng Hsin-yi, was found dead at her res­i­dence in Taichung on Tues­day, along with a helium bot­tle and a farewell note.

She was one of the hosts of the va­ri­ety show “Love Player” be­tween 2011 and 2013 and made her movie de­but in “First of May,” which is due to be re­leased next month.

In her sui­cide note, Cindy said she hopes her death could help high­light the dread­ful power of ver­bal bul­ly­ing.

Much of the abuse tar­get­ing Cindy over the past sev­eral months has ap­peared on a Face­book page that al­lows In­ter­net users to vent their dis­like of celebri­ties, blog­gers and other in­di­vid­u­als anony­mously.

The posts called her phony, naive and hyp­o­crit­i­cal, among other things. The Face­book page has since been shut down.

“Hsin-yi, re­mem­ber that those who love you are far, far, far more than those who slan­der you. You have our bless­ings. You are not alone at all,” Cindy’s brother Peng Jen-to said at the me­mo­rial ser­vice.

Vet­eran per­former Lang Tsuyun ( ), who also at­tended the ser­vice, ex­pressed hope for an anti-bul­ly­ing law to pre­vent such tragedies from oc­cur­ring again.

The Taichung Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent to find out whether the on­line in­sults have vi­o­lated the law.

Singer-song­writer Wang Lee­hom ( ), for­mer Taipei may­oral can­di­date Sean Lien ( ) and other celebri­ties and high-pro­file fig­ures have openly con­demned cy­ber­bul­ly­ing af­ter Cindy’s death.

Af­ter cre­ma­tion, her ashes will be re­port­edly scat­tered in a nat­u­ral burial ground in New Taipei.

CNA

This hand-out photo shows fire­flies light­ing up a val­ley at a pri­vately run park in Taoyuan. Many en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and pri­vate park own­ers are de­voted to re­viv­ing the fire­fly pop­u­la­tion in Tai­wan.

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