29/06/2016 11:45 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

With Folded Hands, Police Official Says Sorry To Parents Of Tamil Nadu Girl Who Committed Suicide

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NEW DELHI -- Amit Kumar Singh, a senior police official in Tamil Nadu, has apologized to the parents of the 21-year-old student, who committed suicide after obscene photographs of her were posted on Facebook.

The Telegraph reported today that Singh, the Superintendent of Police in Salem, stood with folded hands and said sorry to the parents of Vinupriya, a college student, who killed herself after the local police failed to arrest the circulation of the photos online.

Kumar said that he had apologized in his personal capacity, The Telegraph reported. "I told them I was very sorry for their loss and requested them to understand the police were doing their best and we would definitely nab the culprit," he told the newspaper. " How can I explain to them, who are going through so much trauma, that the very nature of cyber crime takes time to unravel?"

"That is the reason I met them personally, shared their grief and said sorry for any misunderstanding or the laxity of some of my officers," he said.

The family has accused the police of not taking action to block or remove the morphed photo despite their repeated requests. Her father, a weaver, alleges that they were forced to pay a bribe worth Rs.2000 and give mobile phone. "Police inaction is the sole reason for her death," her father told The Telegraph.

A suicide note suggested that her parents did not believe that she had not sent nude pictures of herself to whoever posted them online, NDTV reported. The letter said, "What's the use of living when my father and mother do not trust me?"

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or attempts, call any of these helplines: Aasra 91-22-27546669, Sneha 04424640050, Jeevan 0091 6576453841, Pratheeksha 0484 2448830.

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