A 24-year-old girl googled how to commit suicide. Here’s what happened next

Most of us have dealt with break-ups and heart breaks and there are people who cannot take it and decide to end their life. A similar case came into light when a 24-year-old girl, after being dumped by her boyfriend, decided to end her life by jumping into the Yamuna Canal, 4 km from Saharanpur.

While she was about to jump, second thoughts started coming in her mind and she decided to opt for a an easier way to die. So like a normal person, she turned towards Google for help. The search results, including that of suicide helpline numbers, led to her considering other options. She ultimately ended up calling the office of the deputy inspector general of police. The officer heard her out and convinced her to go in for counselling instead.

Google does not immediately show options when someone types "how to commit suicide". However, it throws up a host of sites and numbers to contact, including helplines such as that run by Aasra, a crisis prevention centre.


"On January 3, I got a call from the girl on my public number. She was quite nervous and was about to end her life. She told me she had even searched how to kill herself on Google. Among the search results, she told me, she found my number. I heard her out and told her to come to my office so we could talk about it in detail," DIG Jitendra Kumar Shahi, told TOI.

The girl turned up at his office in a while and narrated her story. She had been in a relationship with a boy for several years, but after the boy got a government job recently, he allegedly changed his mind about marrying her under pressure from his family.

"We come across such cases every day. Sometimes girls level harassment or assault charges after a relationship ends. This girl was just deeply traumatized and wanted help. She made no allegations against her boyfriend and in fact spoke warmly of him. I asked the station officer of the women's police station to counsel the couple and look into the matter," the DIG told TOI.


The SO of women's police station, Prabha Singh, told that two rounds of counselling had been done so far. "On the day the girl met the DIG, he sent her to me and I advised her to become stronger and that there was no need to be afraid of anybody. Today, we summoned the boy and also had a counselling session with him, in the presence of the girl and advised the couple about the options they had to live better lives and have a good future."