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Is Twitter to blame for Sunanda's death?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2014 20:46 IST

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:

And some who didn't think so:

Poll Results

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.


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