A 18-year-old boy committed suicide in Vasai town of Maharashtra”s Palghar district after allegedly being bullied by his friends on WhatsApp, police said on Wednesday.
A case of accidental death has been registered by the Tulinj police, he said.
The parents of the victim, a first-year Bachelor of Mass Media student, alleged that his friends on a Whatsapp group instigated him to commit suicide.
The victim, a resident of Vasant Nagri Locality of Vasai East, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of the bedroom of his flat by his family members at around 6 am.
The boy was studying in class 12 at Andheri college.
According to the report, “Namunee” Whatsapp group, was set up by victim’s one of the friend in July last year. The boy was often blocked by the group admin as he objected to the vulgar conversations. “He would then request his friends on their personal chat to add him back to the group,” said his father.
The victim’s father said that he was reserved in nature and started learning animations believing that his classmates would unblock him when they needed help with some college projects. Since the last two weeks, the boy refused to go to college. “We kept asking him if there was a problem but he remained silent,” his father said.
The police have taken the mobile phone of the boy under possession and sent it for forensic analysis.