Aishwarya S. Dahiwal, a second-year college student from the Indian state of Maharashtra, was denied access to the world's leading social networking site on Wednesday evening. Her parents worried the girl was distracted from her studies.
"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," said investigating officer G. H. Lemgude.
After being barred from logging on to the site, Dahiwal fought with her parents and then locked herself in her room. She proceeded to pen a suicide note and then hung herself.
"Is Facebook so bad? I cannot stay in a home with such restrictions, as I can't live without Facebook," her suicide note said.
“We still can’t believe it,” her father told India Real Time on Friday. “We are in deep shock. We just wanted her to focus on her studies. We never thought she would ever take such a harsh step.”
Approximately 200 million of India's 1.2 billion people use Facebook as a way to connect with others. The site is enormously popular among the younger generation. A survey released in June showed that 92% of Indian teens prefer using Facebook to the telephone for talking to friends.
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