In a nailbiting incident, a Malaysian teenager allegedly commits suicide by jumping off the building roof after asking her social media followers to vote on whether she should live or die. As per reports, the 16-year-old girl had run a poll on photo-sharing app Instagram as ‘death or live’.
The teenager took an Instagram poll with the question "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L", hours before jumping off the roof of a building on May 13.
A district police chief Aidil Bolhassan told media that, ‘according to a close friend of the victim, the 'D/L' meant 'Death/Life'. The poll showed 69% of the girl's followers chose 'D', Aidil said.
Ramkarpal Singh, a lawyer and member of parliament said that those who voted for the ‘death’ on teenager’s poll, could be guilty of abetting a suicide, and urged authorities to investigate the circumstances leading to her death.
"Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?" he said in a statement.
"Would she have heeded the advice of netizens to seek professional help had they done so?"
Notably, under Malaysian law, anyone convicted of abetting the suicide of a minor could face the death penalty or up to 20 years' jail.