Malaysia: A Teenager Took Her Own Life Because Of A Poll On Instagram
69% of her followers voted for her to end her life.
"Really important, help me choose D(eath) or L(ive)." Through these words, Malaysian teenager Davia Emelia asked her Instagram followers to decide if she should keep living or not.
The 16-year-old girl then took her own life after 69% of the voters picked D for death, the Guardian reports.
Teenage girl (Davia Emilia) takes her life after creating an Instagram Poll asking her followers to vote either Death (D) or Live (L).— Chibuzo 'KingAbsolute' Anthony (@KingAbsoIute) 15 mai 2019
Most chose D and she committed suicide. pic.twitter.com/scQUS7DRMz
Instagram has not officially reacted for the time being. Malaysian politician and lawyer Ramkarpal Singh reacted in the morning, condemning the drama and asking:
"Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?"
The MP went on by requesting for an investigation to be opened to determine if the people who answered the poll have a responsibility in the young woman’s death. The DAP National Legal Bureau chairman noted that under Malaysian law, attempted suicide is a criminal offense, which could mean that supporting it may be construed as abetment, the Malay mail reports.
Crisis support services can be reached 24 hours a day. In the UK and Irish Republic, contact Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.
By Astrid Van Laer, published on 15/05/2019