The world of social media and influence looks all sunshine and rainbows, but it has a dark side that few talk about. Tragically, Sashikala Nadarajah fell into the side where she has been incessantly mocked and criticised for her handful of bag collections on Tik Tok.
Known as a famous Tik Tok influencer with more than 29.4K followers on the video-sharing app, the mother of three daughters is believed to have attempted suicide due to relentless cyberbullying. In the tragic turn of events, cyberbullying has allegedly led to the death of a 44-year-old woman.
According to the kids, the nasty comments generated from her Tik Tok account were too much for her to bear, and it allegedly drove the victim to take a fateful decision to end her own life at her home in Subang Jaya, reported Sinar Daily.
Let’s pause for a second to contemplate how excruciatingly painful Sashikala’s life must have been before she took such an extreme decision. To be judged, harassed, humiliated, and constantly causing extreme anguish, we are still living in a judgemental society.
Every death has an impact, and every loss of life is difficult to bounce back from, but the amount of pressure that she experienced was truly devastating. Social media, for all its perks, can be a difficult terrain to navigate. Bearing that in mind, the death of Shashikala is that much more heartbreaking.
On 20th May 2020, we came across the news of a 20-year-old woman in Penang who committed suicide after a TikTok video of her and a migrant worker was posted on the Facebook page Jocker Oruvan, with a derogatory caption. Since the Facebook account that instigated the cyberbullying has been deactivated to date, there are no follow-ups on her death case as well.
Mental health is not something to joke about. It has become a constant chime we keep hearing everywhere. Let’s normalise asking our loved ones or anyone who we bump into our daily life for emotional consent.
Are you okay? Feel free to share with me if you’re feeling down since ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ all the time. A million dollar question that will save a life.
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