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Asked to stop using TikTok, Tamil Nadu woman kills self; records act on app

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WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Jun 13, 2019, 11.30 AM (IST) Written By: Sidharth MP

Anitha, a 24-year-old woman from Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu committed suicide after being scolded for spending too much time on video sharing mobile application TikTok. She filmed her suicide on the app as she consumed pesticide and left behind a statement asking her husband to take care of their two kids.

The TokTok app is owned by Chinese-based Bytedance that claims to have over 50 million active users in India. The app allows users to create and ashore short videos with special effects and is popular across the globe.

Anitha hailed from Senthurai in Perambalur district and was married to Palanivel; the couple has a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. Palanivel who was in the agricultural trade moved to Singapore a few years ago for work.

Anitha was introduced to TikTok via her friend. Family members alleged that she was neglecting the family and kids due to her addiction to the video sharing app.

When her addiction went beyond a point the family informed her husband who later called and tried reasoning with her. But it is said that Anitha refused to let go of the app and her activity on it.

The family members say that the couple's daughter got hurt once while playing as Anitha was busy using TikTok.

When family members informed her husband of the incident, Anitha's husband yelled at him over the phone. The argument reached a point where Palanivel reportedly said he would destroy her phone.

Upset over her husband's scolding, Anitha consumed pesticide while recording the entire act on TikTok. The shocking video has been doing the rounds on social media and instant messaging applications.

She was rushed to Ariyalur General Hospital and later to a private hospital in Trichy, but she died without responding to treatment.

TikTok had faced the wrath of the Madras High Court earlier this year when advocate and social activist Muthu Kumar filed a plea to ban the app for providing access to pornographic content and potential of exposing children and young users to sexual predators.

On April 3, the Madras High Court asked the Centre to ban the application, but the interim ban was lifted on April 24 subject to certain conditions.

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On April 3, the Madras High Court asked the Centre to ban the application, but the interim ban was lifted on April 24 subject to certain conditions