Andhra Pradesh police trace social media accounts that trolled woman who died by suicide after praising YSRCP

The police said the language the trolls used against Geethanjali could not be "put in front of the media", hinting how inappropriate it was.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 12, 2024 | 11:56 PMUpdatedMar 12, 2024 | 11:58 PM

File photo of Guntur Superintendent of Police Tushar Dudi

The Andhra Pradesh police said on Tuesday, 12 March, that they had traced some of the social media accounts — and in a few cases even pinpointed their owners — that trolled a woman who tried to end her life on the train tracks near the Tenali Railway station in the Guntur district last week. She succumbed to her injuries early on Monday.

The deceased had been identified as 32-year-old Gothi Geethanjali Devi, a resident of Sharab Bazaar in Tenali.

She received a plot for free under the Andhra Pradesh government’s ‘Jagananna Housing Scheme’ on 4 March, and praised the YSRCP government for its welfare schemes on camera.

Geethanjali also vowed to vote for the YSRCP in the upcoming elections despite “whatever the men in the family” would say.

Her three-minute statement infuriated YSRCP’s political rivals, and their troll army allegedly targeted her personally.

Grievously injured in her attempt to die by suicide, she battled for life for four days, before breathing her last in the Guntur Government Hospital on Monday.

Related: Vicious trolling drives Andhra woman, who praised Jagan, to suicide

The police invvestigation

Guntur Superintendent of Police (SP) Tushar Dudi on Tuesday updated reporters about the status of the case.

It may be noted that the case had been registered based on a complaint from Dr Kiran Kumar, the on-duty casualty medical officer at the Government General Hospital in Guntur.

Dudi told reporters that the language used by the trolls against Geethanjali could not be “put in front of the media”, hinting at its inappropriate nature.

He added: “We have identified a few social media profiles which are handled by actual owners and a few outright fake accounts.”

The SP also said: “We will ensure we trace them and take necessary action [against them].”

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)