Woman commits suicide over morphed picture on Facebook

Salem: The family of a 21-year-old woman, who committed suicide after her morphed picture was uploaded on Facebook, has refused to take her body for cremation alleging lack of prompt action and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits behind the cyber crime.

A Vinupriya, a Chemistry graduate, committed suicide by hanging in her house here yesterday after a morphed picture, showing her in an obscene fashion, was uploaded on Facebook by unidentified persons.

Following the incident, a complaint was lodged on June 23 with the police but no action was taken, according to the victim's father, Annadurai, who said another semi-nude picture of Vinupriya was sent to him on his mobile following which she took the extreme step. Police said they have asked Facebook to block the morphed picture.

"Till the time the accused is apprehended, I will not take home my daughter's body," Annadurai said, alleging that police were responsible for his daughter's death as action was not taken on time.

The body is currently kept in a mortuary of a hospital. Annadurai wondered why action could not be taken based on the IMEI number of the mobile phone from which the morphed picture was sent to him.

A senior police official today said the cyber crime wing was probing the case, adding "we will soon detect the culprits." He said they have written to Facebook to block the morphed pictures with the help of the IP address. "All necessary action is being taken. We are taking the strictest action," he said.

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