Assam Police prevents minor girl from killing herself after receiving alert from Facebook about her suicide post

The Assam Police has prevent a minor girl from committing suicide after Facebook alerted them about a post she had put up earlier about wanting to kill herself

FP Staff July 26, 2018 11:56:32 IST
Assam Police prevents minor girl from killing herself after receiving alert from Facebook about her suicide post

The Assam Police rescued a girl minor girl from committing suicide in Guwahati on Monday, after Facebook from its US office alerted them about a post the girl had put up earlier that day.

Press Trust of India reported that the girl was rescued 30 minutes after the police was alerted.

Assam Police prevents minor girl from killing herself after receiving alert from Facebook about her suicide post

Representational image. PTI

"The Facebook headquarters on Monday informed the state police that a minor girl was contemplating suicide. The state police reacted promptly and saved the girl," The Times of India quoted Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia as saying.

An NDTV report quoted Additional Director General of Police Harmeet Singh as saying, "Facebook had sent an alert to our nodal officer and he at once activated our social media centre and we were able to tracke the girl. Our field teams got activated and the family was traced. We counselled the girl and the guardian. The girl is safe and sound. This has been a great success of our social media initiative."

"The information was received from Facebook headquarters. A life was saved," police officials said. Assam Police tweeted that the child was located in half an hour.

The Assam Police has recently launched a social media centre and its first social media anti-rumour campaign called “Think.” It has been launched to prevent incidents of mob lynching and suicides.

With inputs from PTI

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