Two teenage girls hanged themselves in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on Sunday at different homes after their parents berated them and confiscated their mobile phones.
One of the girls, 19, was dead when found by family members while the other, 17, is in serious condition and fighting for her life at the hospital. Maharaja Yashwantrao Holkar Hospital (MY).
According to ASI Gopal Singh from Chandan Nagar Police Station, as reported by Dainik Bhaskar, 19-year-old Sara Parveen alias Navila’s father, Mohammad Rizwan Khokhar, a resident of Sector 71 D, hanged herself in the house. Saturday morning.
The girls’ father told police the girl often played games on her mobile phone. Even before the incident, she was playing a game on her father’s laptop. She was scolded by her family members, and they also confiscated the cell phone. Enraged, Parveen locked herself in the room and hanged herself. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl from Balda Colony also hanged herself on Friday night. He was admitted to MY Hospital. The family told police the girl often played games on cell phones. On the Friday before her attempt, family members snatched her mobile phone and berated her.
Experts say a rock-and-roll approach might not work with kids when it comes to cellphone addiction. They believe that children should be allowed to use a phone, but only for a limited time from the start and should also lock all unnecessary apps, especially if a child is addicted to one.
Playing games for long hours activates a child’s reward pathway, releasing dopamine and, much like drug addiction, when a child doesn’t get what they want all of a sudden, they can become violent, aggressive and can take such extreme measures.