Salem FB suicide: Police arrest factory worker for uploading morphed photos

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 11:50 IST
Representative photo. A 21-year-old woman in Salem,Tamil Nadu, committed suicide after facing harassment on Facebook over an obscenely morphed photo. (Shutterstock)

Salem Police on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old textile worker for allegedly uploading on Facebook morphed pictures of a young woman, which drove her to suicide two days ago.

Suresh, who lived in the same neighbourhood as the woman, morphed the picture and posted it, twice, on the social networking site out of rage after the 21-year-old turned him down, Salem superintendent of police Amit Kumar Singh said.

The woman’s family was looking for match for her when the picture first appeared, a source said.

“I hope this would shut the mouths of all those who were talking of police inaction. We got the coordinates of IP address only yesterday and then we quickly moved to identity and nab the suspect,” Singh said over phone on Wednesday.

The woman’s family had blamed police’s indifference for the suicide.

The chemistry graduate committed suicide on Monday, a day after her morphed nude picture resurfaced on Facebook. Her parents had lodged a complaint on June 23 when the photo appeared for the first time after which the post was blocked.

Police had even questioned a suspect named by the girl but found nothing against him and let him off.

But, the morphed photograph— this time with her father’s mobile phone number— cropped up again on June 26. Unable to bear the humiliation, the woman hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her home while her parents were away.

“The page was blocked earlier, but the image surfaced again on Sunday – tagging her as well,” Singh said on Tuesday.

Initial investigations did not yield much and police sought the help of the IT companies and Facebook for the IP (internet protocol) address from which the pictures were posted.

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