17-Year-Old Kills Herself After Parents Banned Her From Using Facebook

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A teenager who killed herself after her parents forbid her from using Facebook left a note explaining she “can’t live without” the website.

Aiswarya Dahiwal, 17, was found dead Thursday morning in her home in the western Indian city of Parbhani.

Her suicide note read: “Is Facebook so bad? I cannot stay in a home with such restrictions as I can’t live without Facebook.”

Dahiwal was a second year college student and her parents wanted her to spend more time on her schoolwork. She asked her parents for permission to use Facebook Wednesday. When they said no, she got into an argument with them. Her parents also warned her to stop making long phone calls on her cell phone to her friends.

After the argument, she hung herself in her bedroom.

Her father, Sunil, told the Wall Street Journal the family is in “deep shock.”

Sunil said he “never thought she would ever take such a harsh step.”

There is no evidence of abuse in the family.

“Like all parents, their intentions were only to ensure that the girl did not go astray. They advised her to concentrate on her technical studies and stay away from long mobile chats and social networking sites,” investigating officer G. H. Lemgude of Nanalpeth police station told the Indo-Asian News Service.

Nearly 92 percent of Indian high school students prefer Facebook over making phone calls to communicate, according to the WSJ.

Sources: Inquisitr, Wall Street Journal