Two die, one survives in family suicide in China after online flesh search

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/6/3 14:03:39

Family of 3 ends life in second suicide attempt


Chinese netizens condemned "online flesh searches" and called for better protection of personal information after intense online attention allegedly pushed a family to die by suicide.

Online violence again became a hot topic after police in Lanshan, Central China's Hunan Province said on Saturday that they discovered the family committed suicide in a highway service area on Thursday.

Police who arrived on the scene said they found a man, 55, and a woman, 28, both surnamed Deng, already dead in a car, while another woman, 54, surnamed Liu, was alive but suffering from wrist injuries.

The two died from drug poisoning and hemorrhagic shock while Liu was sent to hospital. She is in stable condition. The three were confirmed part of the same family.

Police said they found suicide notes, medicine bottles, syringes and knives in the car.

A preliminary investigation showed they cut their wrists after taking sleeping pills and injecting themselves with large doses of insulin.

However, the family's suicide attempt sparked online discussions of cyber violence and protection of netizens' personal information.

It turns out that the family also made headlines last month after a similar suicide attempt in Hainan Province.

Earlier reports showed the daughter placed a suicide note on Weibo on May 20 after her family decided to kill themselves because of her father's huge debt. However, Hainan police saved the family after the post caused a sensation online.

After the daughter's Weibo post, some netizens questioned her motives. Some netizens even found the daughter travelled to other countries, such as Thailand.

After the "disclosure," netizens began to criticize the family of trying to  "win over sympathy" and published the family's personal information.

When evil calls and texts flowed in, the family felt their life was "completely disturbed" and exhausted, a Lanshan public security bureau official was quoted by Beijing Youth Daily as saying.

"According to the law, those who engage in cyber violence and disturb people's lives should be charged in court. However, most people do not seek legal remedies to confront such violence, and if the number of abusers is massive, it is difficult to hold a few accountable," Wang Sixin, a law professor at the Beijing-based Communication University of China, told the Global Times on Sunday.
Newspaper headline: Family of 3 ends life in second suicide attempt


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