A mother of three was found dead at her home in Subang Jaya, Selangor after being cyberbullied on TikTok for months.
According to Sinar Harian, the victim is a mother of three and was believed to have died by suicide on Sunday (7 August) morning.
Shashikala Nadarajah is 44 years old and had a TikTok account with over 32,400 followers. It is understood that Shashikala often shared videos of her luxury handbags and tips on how to take care of them. She is also vocal about topics concerning sexual harassment and homeschooling.
Unfortunately, these videos garnered a barrage of hateful comments over her appearance and her handbag collections.
The cause of her death is yet to be determined and the police told the news portal that the post-mortem will be carried out on Monday (8 August).
Meanwhile, another Tik Tok user, Rose Veronica, the founder of Veron Academy claimed that Sashikala’s death was due to cyberbullying.
In a video on TikTok, she was seen crying while revealing the tragic news to her followers.
“Sashikala is no more. Her kids said that their mother could not tolerate the hateful comments on her TikTok account,” she said.
“I couldn’t imagine in what state she was in to make such a drastic decision.”
Sashikala often responds to netizens’ criticism by creating a video out of them, a feature on TikTok. Many of them were contemptuous, ranging from mocking the way she pronounce a brand name or body shaming her.
While many supportive followers urged Sashikala to ignore such hateful comments, she said she was only responding to them as she feels the need to speak out against them as she did not like people talking ill about her.
Meanwhile, netizens have flooded Sashikala’s TikTok account with sympathy and condolences. Many share that Sashikala often shed light on certain issues and how this helped them in overcoming them.
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- Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (MHPSS): 03-2935 9935 or 014-322 3392
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