Facebook saves life! An alert was issued to Delhi Police about a man committing suicide

Jun 06 2021 04:43 PM
Facebook saves life! An alert was issued to Delhi Police about a man committing suicide

A 39-year-old man shared a live video of harming himself on Facebook. It has been noticed earlier people going live on social media handle and attempting suicide. Similarly, a case was notified by the swift intervention of Delhi Police after it was alerted by a call from an office of the social media giant thousands of kilometers away in the US. The officials have saved his life and sent him to traumatic center, on Saturday.

On Thursday night, a name Shohan Lal (name changed), a resident of Dwarka in West Delhi, inflicted multiple deep cuts on his hand following an altercation with neighbours. Talking about the personal life, he works in a sweet shop and has two young children. He has been emotionally vulnerable since the death of his wife in 2016. He took such a big step after the altercation with neighbors who triggered him to take the extreme step. He went on live-streaming on Facebook while committing suicide, as the senior police officer said. While all this was happening, at around 12.50 AM, DCP CyPAD Anyesh Roy received a call alert from Facebook’s US office about a suspicious self-harm live video being posted by a male Facebook user located in Delhi. The alert was generated as part of the coordination framework established between Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection, the Nodal Cyber Unit of Delhi Police, and international social media platforms. Then the national capital police checked and analysed the account details shared by Facebook. The mobile phone number linked to the account was found to be switched off. Later, police obtained the address linked to the mobile number and it belonged to Dwarka, the officer said.

Police with emergency incharge rushed to the given address to trace the man. When sub-inspector Kumar reached the location, he found the man on the stairs in a very bad condition as he had suffered heavy blood loss. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital and later shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre.

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