As the news about the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, emerged late on Friday, a debate about Twitter's role in the case also started doing the rounds.
Some immediately blamed the social media site, while others did not agree or were unsure.
The death of the 52-year-old industrialist wife of the Congress minister came within two days of her very public Twitter spat with Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.
Tarar, a columnist with Pakistan's Daily Times, reacted to news of Pushkar's death in two consecutive tweets.
"What the hell. Sunanda. Oh my God," tweeted Tarar.
"I just woke up and read this. I'm absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don't know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda," she wrote in another post.
Tharoor's son Ishaan took to Twitter to request his family's privacy.
While some directly blamed Twitter for the tragedy calling it "murder by Twitter" other exercised caution on the platform known for its blow-by-blow description of events - public or otherwise.
Who said what:
Social Media encourages cowards& haters to spout the most ugly things that they would never dare to say in real life to people face to face— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 18, 2014
terrible news about sunanda tharoor. this is murder by twitter. http://t.co/fh6HpnTkTz— suketu mehta (@suketumehta) January 17, 2014
First murder by @TwitterIndia , claps, fellow twitter matured guns!— PV Sindhu (@PVSindhu95) January 17, 2014
Moral of Sunanda Pushkar episode: Keep real life and virtual life separate. Results of overlap can be disastrous.— Ankit Lal (@ankitlal) January 17, 2014
Technology badly effecting over the peoples life and relations-that is what finaly proved sunanda pushkar's shocking death.— mujeeburrahman (@mujeebkinalur) January 18, 2014
Simply put Sunanda Tharoor became a victim of yellow journalism and wild social media. RIP.— Ahsan (@iahsn) January 18, 2014
Sunanda Pushkar dead after some hateful "banter" on Twitter. Was it just co-incidence or are other factors involved?— Suhas Prabhu (@wnkr365) January 18, 2014
Probably sunanda pushkar is the frist one who lost her life in a "tweet war " #RIP— ☞ Mr.Smoker™ (@Itsmy_rule) January 18, 2014
Twittercide!!! Sunanda Pushkar.— Chaitanya Malgaonkar (@being__lawyer) January 18, 2014
And some who didn't think so:
People blaming social media for @sptvrock Sunanda Pushkar’s death are naive haters lacking common sense!— R.Subramanian (@_TatTvamAsi) January 18, 2014
Funny d way people (those who don't even know her!) r coming up with their own theories on Sunanda Pushkar's death! Madness #SunandaPushkar— Neelam Pandey (@NPDay) January 18, 2014
People are terrified after the death of Sunanda Pushkar. Whatever was the cause of her death, things went too far. Way too far.— Anadee Nath Misshra (@Anadee) January 18, 2014
Funny d way people (those who don't even know her!) r coming up with their own theories on Sunanda Pushkar's death! Madness #SunandaPushkar— Princess Aish (@Princy_Aish) January 18, 2014
In a poll conducted on our website hindustantimes.com, we asked our readers to comment whether social media in any way was to blame for Pushkar's death, the result was overwhelmingly against Twitter.
At 04:00pm, while 52% of the respondents said that they thought Twitter was indeed a culprit 40% were of the opinion that one can't really take the platform to task.
And 8% said they either don't know or can't really respond to the question.