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School Girl Suicides After Facebook Photo Issue - Sri Lanka

Principal did not understand that the photo was tagged in lover's photo.
Principal says that she was mentally pressurizes because of family problems

Several aspects relating to the incident of this suicide brought to the attention of Gossip Lana readers yesterday (Feb 6) have now been revealed in connection with the deceased student P.B. Venusha Imanda Bandara who was studying in grade 10 in the mixed school Sir John Kotelawala in Kurunegala and died by hanging herself with a sari  being subjected to the temper of the school Principal over an issue concerning the Facebook.
This student had been maintainingtwo Facebook accounts and one of those accounts had been discontinued after the year 2011. The other account had been updated to last February and a friend of her lover had tagged a photo of a picnic where she appeared in the company of her lover was tagged by a friend of his which was seen on the page of her Facebook. (By now her photo has been deleted). The name of the school with emblems including photos of the Principal during a festival were seen in the collection of photos in her Facebook account. The Principal who had come to know about this had summoned the deceased the following day and reprimanded her. 

The Principal has lost his temper because the name of the school has been blemished as photos of her lover were displayed on the Facebook page. Though however much she had said that the photo concerned was not tagged by her, and that it was someone else's work and therefore it was to be seen on her page, he did not possess a competent knowledge of Technology enough to understand the Technological phenomenon related to it.Instead he had kept on reprimanding the student saying that it was a disgrace to the school.

According to the letter the deceased had left behind at her death, she had admitted that she has had a romance with a boy. As mentioned therein, the Principal has scolded her in harsh language and that too in the presence of others.

The Principal who has had a training in the Jathika Shishyabhata Balakaaya had also been engaged in training cadets and was supposed to be having dominating attitudes and on this occasion too he has displayed such characteristics towards this student.

The related incident had taken place on Monday, Independence Day (Feb 4) and on The following day, Tuesday the said Principal had asked her to bring her father to school. Likewise, though she had told  this to her father, had also told him that he has no reason to go and ask pardon in this case and for a mistake that she had not committed. She had further asked him not to go and that she would get transferred to another school.

It was in this background that she had committed suicide on Wednesday, the day the Principal asked her to bring her father to school. Before putting an end to her life, she had written a three-page letter and had subsequently hanged herself from a rafter in her room with a sari. It was only after all this had happened that a servant woman had gone to the girl's room taking the girl's meals when she had seen the girl hanging after which she had notified the father. Even by that time the girl had passed away and admitting her to hospital was in vain.

Venusha who died in this manner is the second among three daughters with whom the father was living in the house. It was understood that the eldest daughter is employed while the youngest daughter too is studying in the same school as Venusha. Because of a conflicting situation between father and mother, the latter had been living away from them. The deceased's last letter gives testimony to the fact that her mother is not on talking terms with her.

Venusha's father who is occupied in a business in front of his house, it is said, is looking after the well-being of Venusha. Though he was aware of the Facebook issue he had not thought that it would turn out to be serious as this. However, he was aware that she was with a disappointed mentality because of the aggression shown by the Principal.

What the Principal says in connection with this incident is that he really is strict with the disciplinary aspect of the school and that he came to know about this Facebook issue from anonymous letter in the 'complaint box'.Also that he saw unnecessary photos giving evidence of her romance  appearing on the page which displayed clues where his (the Principal's) identity as well as that of the school could be observed. He also mentions that the student was summoned to the office-room where two teachers were present and warned; but that there was no crowd as such at that time. Further, he says that the student admitted everything that he said to be true. Also later that he heard about this unfortunate incident only after he had requested her to bring down her father to school to talk about this issue.

In addition what he says is that she had been spending her time with  mental pressure because of family problems and having come to know about the conflicts between father and mother and her mental pressure, she was made to seek the counselling of a lady-counsellor in the school.

In the process, the Counsellor Prabha Ranasinghe herself having observed the girl's mental condition had said that there is a different phenomenon at the background of this incident other than what is revealed by Venusha's last letter. She also mentions that she does not believe that the Principal's scolding because of the Facebook issue alone was the direct cause for her suicide. The Counsellor goes on to say that the girl's father and mother had not been on talking terms and had been living apart from each other and that the deceased had been living in a depressed state of mind without having anybody to tell her woes; that the verse appearing in her Facebook page stands testimony to all this.  The Counsellor finally says that the girl was virtually stranded  in her journey without love and affection which she was searching for and furthermore these unanticipated issues may have hurt her feelings of this girl who was of a tender age and that this death was the result of a mental problem.

The letter written by Venusha before her death is seen BELOW

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Facebook is the most popular social networking website in the world. Social networking websites are specialized websites where people meet other people online and interact. They interact mostly in terms of sharing photos, videos and information about their day to day activities. The current Facebook statistics shows that the service has been used by more than 300 million users around the globe and 6 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day!

Recent survey results indicated that the popularity of Facebook usage is mainly because of the following reasons:
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However, as every technology has its weaknesses, Facebook suffers from aspects related to personal privacy. For the past 3-4 years we have seen a rise in numerous attacks targeting people on Facebook, where people's privacy was lost. Social networking sites let other people know more about you, the things you do, where you are and the people you associate with. This information could even be life threatening!

There are several ways for you to stay safe in social networking sites such as Facebook. Below is a list of ways in which you can protect yourself when you are online.

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3. Make limited profile lists where you can initially add suspicious friends to that list and after close inspection you may add them to the appropriate lists where more information about you is available.

4. Configure Facebook privacy settings to control the information shown to people and search engines.

5. Beware of phishing e-mail and suspicious links designated as from Facebook. Think twice before you click on a link.

A phishing e-mail is a particular e-mail message, which is specially crafted for users to click. Once the link is clicked it may download a virus and the virus can get installed on your machine without your knowledge.

Some links may lead to Facebook-like login interfaces which are designed to capture your log-in details. Therefore pay close attention on the web address as there can be fake login sites with addresses like the typo!) or any other address which looks like You can check the authenticity of the Facebook site by looking at its digital certificate which is available when you access Facebook using

Similar incidents can happen if you click on links which are on Facebook walls, feeds and mail messages.

6. Think twice before you add a person as a Friend. If possible, E-mail or call him/her to check if he/she has actually sent you a friend request, prior to adding him/her.

7. Facebook has an inbuilt chatting application. Never chat with people you do not know or send information that could identify you.

8. Use a strong password that no one can guess and make sure that you change it regularly.

9. Log into Facebook using only trusted computers. There may be software such as Keyloggers, which will record every keystroke you perform in a computer system.

10. Becareful with whom you share the password with. If the password is used in a weak manner it can get compromised.

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ඒත්... ඩිජිටල් මඟ ඔස්සේ පැමිණි, එක්තරා විකෘති මානසිකත්වයක් ඇති පුද්ගලයෙක් ඇයගේ සේයාරුවක් ගත්තේ වෙබ්කැම් එක ඔස්සේ. මේ දැරිවිගේ "තුණු සපුවේ" සේයාරුවක් ගත් ඔහු ඉන් පසු කළේ ඇයට බලපෑම් කිරීම. ඇගේ සේයාරුව ප්‍රසිද්ධ කරන බවට තර්ජනනය කරමින් කළ බලපෑම අවසානයේ ඇයට දැන ගන්නට ලැබෙනවා ඇගේ ඒ සේයාරුව ප්‍රෙද්ශය පුරා, ඇගේ පාසල් මිතුරන් අතරේ පවා බෙදා හැර ඇති බව. මේ දැනගත් තැන පටන් ඇය කියන පරිදි ඇයට මානසික අවපීඩනයක් ඇතිවී තිබෙනවා.

 මේ අවාසනාවන්ත සිදුවීමේ ඊළඟ පියවර ඇය පාසලේ මිතුරන් අතරින් කොන්වීම. ඇයට කවුරුවත් නැහැ. අනෙක් මිතුරු මිතුරියන් සිනාවෙන්, සතුටින්, කෙළි දෙලෙන් ගත කරත්දි අය තනිවෙනවා. තනියම කොනකට වෙලා ඉන්න ඇය පාසලේ සතුටුම වෙලාව විවේකය, ඒත් ඇයට සතුටක් නැහැ. ඇය තනියම තමන්ගේ කෑම වේල කත්දි අනෙක් හැමෝම සතුටින් සිනාවෙන කන බොන හැටි අය දකිනවා. මිතුරන්ගෙන් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප වෙනවා. මේ වෙනස හඳුනාගන්නා දෙමාපියන් ඇයට අවශ්‍ය ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා දෙනවා. ඒත් ඇය සිතින් විඳවනවා."මට කවුරුත් නැහැ. මාව කොන්කරලා..." මේ විඳවීමට ඇය පිළිතුරක් සොයනවා. මත්පැන් සහ මත්කුඩු ඇයට පිළිතුරක් සේ පෙනෙනවා. ඔව්... ඇය ඒ පිහිට පතන්නේ "වෙන කරන්න දෙයක්, කියන්න කෙනෙක් නැති තැන". ඒත් විඳිවීමේ නිමාවක් නැහැ. තව තවත් වැඩිවනවා මිසක. ඇය හඩනවා. හැමෝගෙම උපහාසයට, රිදවීම් වලට කොන්කිරීමට ලක්වෙන ඇය පාසලින් තවත් පාසලකට මාරුවෙමින් මේ විඳවීමෙන් මිදෙන්නට උත්සාහ කරනවා.

ඇයට මේ විදියට මාරුවෙන පාසැලකින් ඇයට වඩා වයසින් වැඩිමහලු තරුණයෙකු හමුවෙනවා. ඔය අතරේ තමන්ට නොලැබෙන ආදරය ලැබුණායැයි දැනුන ඔහුගෙන් ඇය අතවරයට ලක්වෙනවා. අවසානයේ ඔහු තමන්ගේ කාරිය කරගෙන ඇයව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරනවා. ඒ පමණක් නොවෙයි ඔහුගේ ආදරවන්තිය ඇතුළු පාසලේ මිතුරන්ගේ උපහාසයට, රිදවීම් පලට ඇය ආයෙත් ලක්වෙනවා. අළුත් පාසලත් ඇයට අපායක් වෙනවා. "මම ලෝකයට විහිළුක් වෙලා.ම ට රිද්දන්නම, මගේ පස්සෙන්ම මේ රිදවුම් එනවා" අයට සිතෙනවා. ඇයට පෙනෙන උත්තරය පිළිගන්නට ඇය සූදානම්. යම් උපක්‍රම ගනිමින් ඇය සිය දිවි නසා ගන්නට තැත් දරනවා. ඒත් ඒ තැත් වරදින ඇයට ඊට පස්සේ සිදුවන්නේ නැවතත් පෙරටත් වඩා රිදවුම්, විඳවුම් විඳින්නට. "ඇයි මේ ලෝකයම මට රිදවන්නේ. මම සිතින් දැන් මැරිලා. මට මැරෙන්න ඕන." ඇගේ තීරණය. දෙවරක් ඒ තැත වරදින ඇයට තුන්වන වාරයේදී ඇය "බලාපොරොත්තු වූ" මිදීම ලැබෙනවා. ඉකුත් 10 වැනිදින ඇය ලොවින් සමුගන්නවා. ඒ තවත් සියදිවි නසා ගැනීමක් ලොවට එක් කරලා. අද ඇය මෙලොව නැහැ.

ඒත් අදට මාසයකට පමණ පෙර ඇය ලොවට ඊට වඩා වැදගත් දෙයක් එක් කළා. ඇය තමන් විඳිවූ විඳවීම්, කඳුළු කතාව, ඇත්ත කතාව වීඩියෝවක් බවට පත්කරලා තිබුණා. ඇය ඒ වීඩියෝවේ එක් තැනක මෙහෙම සඳහනක් කරනවා. "I can never get that photo back" ඔව්, ඔබ අන්තර්ජාලයට මුදාහරින ඡායාරූපයක් සදහටම ඉන් ඉවත් කරගැනීම ඔබට කළ නොහැකියි. මෙතැනින් පස්සේ ඔබ දකින්නේ ඒ වීඩියෝව. බලන්න... කළබල නැතිව බලන්න... විනාඩි අටක් පුරා දිවයන මේ වීඩියෝව පුළුවන් නම් දෙවරක් බලන්න. මුල් වර ඇය ලියා පෙන්වන කාරණා ටික කියවන්න. දෙවන වර ඇගේ මුහුණේ, කටේ, දෙතොල්වල වන වේදනාබර හැඟුම් දකින්න. ඔබ සංවේදී අයෙක් නම් නෙතට කඳුලක් නැඟෙනු නොඅනුමානයි. එය පාඩමක් ! අමන්දා ලොවට දුන් පාඩම ඔබ හඳුනගන්න. ලෝකය අපායක් වූ ඒ සුරංගනාවියට ඇහුම්කන් දෙන්න. ඔබ වටා ඇති සමාජය ගැන හිතන්න. facebook තුළ සිටින ඔබේ මිතුරියන් දැනුවත් කරන්න මෙය බෙදාගන්න. මොහොතකට නවතිමි. මනසින් වගේම මසැසින් ඒ වීඩියෝව ඔබට නිරාවරණය කරමින්...