A young woman who Googled tips to commit suicide was instead put in touch with people who could help her get counselling.
It’s not uncommon for most of us to turn to Google and seek help multiple times in a day. But recently, when one young woman turned to Google for ideas on ending her life, it instead put her in touch with someone who could help her.
A 24-year-old woman who was nursing heartbreak after her boyfriend left, decided to end her life by jumping into the Yamuna canal near Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. But she was scared once she reached the place and decided to Google for easier ways of committing suicide.
Instead, the search engine generated results for suicide helplines like Asara. She found the number of the deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Jitendra Kumar Shahi in the search results and called the officer. He immediately answered.
When she told him about her predicament, he asked her to come to his office to meet him.
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In desperate need for help, she personally visited him. And during their conversation, DIG Shahi told the young woman that she deserves to live and convinced her to seek counselling rather than ending her life.
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“We come across such cases every day. Sometimes girls level harassment or assault charges after a relationship ends. This girl was just deeply traumatized and wanted help. She made no allegations against her boyfriend and in fact spoke warmly of him. I asked the station officer of the women’s police station to counsel the couple and look into the matter,” the officer told The Times of India.
Whilst we don’t know (yet) if the estranged couple got back together as a result of the counselling, we are glad, technology and humanity ensured a happy ending for this young woman.