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article image21-Year-Old Student Commits Suicide in Front of Webcam

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By Saikat Basu     Mar 18, 2008 in World
A 21-year-old dental student V.S Karthik in India commits suicide before a web cam. In a tragic turn of modern day love, he makes his girlfriend watch his final act on a web cam.
In a gruesome incident and probably the first of its kind, a young dental student committed suicide while chatting on the net with his girlfriend. V.S Karthik, a third year dental student in PMC College, Kerala, India hanged himself from his ceiling fan while the girl could only watch in horror a couple of thousand miles away in New Delhi.
"When the door was broken, we saw him hanging from the fan. A closer look at the room revealed that his web cam was on and was pointing towards the body" the local police in charge informed. Further investigations revealed that the young man was chatting with the girl apparently his girlfriend.
The chat conversation revealed a few details of the last minutes. The boy told the girl about his intention to commit suicide. The girl pleaded with him not to do so but unrelenting the boy turned the web cam towards the ceiling fan and hanged himself. It can be presumed that the girl had to go through the ordeal of watching the suicide act.
Though, the reason for the suicide is not yet apparent, a failed romance is suspected. The families of both were opposed to their relationship. The police say that their is no evidence of any provocation and it seems that the suicide was carried out in a planned manner by the man. Investigations are still on and the computer has been sent to the labs for forensic tests. The girl's identity has been kept under wraps for now to protect her from taking any extreme steps of her own.
Kerala, India's most literate state has the highest rate of suicides amongst Indian states according to figures given by a non governmental agency. According to the authorities, this manner of suicide has opened another front to examine in the practice of cyber laws.
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