Cyberbullying Led to Suicide of 24-Year-Old Entertainer: Family

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Cyberbullying Led to Suicide of 24-Year-Old Entertainer: Family


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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Online bullying led a popular young entertainer to commit suicide two days ago in a tragic case that has brought about massive public debate and government investigation.

Peng Hsin-yi ([...]), also known by her stage name Cindy ([...]), committed suicide at her home in Taichung on April 21 after being relentlessly subjected to cyberbullying. She was 24. Her death roused public attention, condemnation over cyberbullying, as well as heated debate over how legislators should step in to establish an anti-cyberbullying act.

Many famous celebrities and political figures spoke out against cyberbullying, condemning those anonymous bullies behind the screens who leave a permanent mark on others, leading to suicide in extreme cases.

Peng's elder brother said yesterday morning that she was getting medical therapy for four to five months before committing suicide. In her death note, she pointed toward Internet bullies for putting her in a fatal depression that in the end she gave in to. She wrote that by her death, she hoped to awaken the public to the issue of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Penalty Hard to Define

According to the National Communications Commission (NCC, [...]), an online system called iWIN is in place for the public to report any cases of cyberbullying. In response, the NCC will inform relevant authorities and will also provide guidelines for the victims if they wish to take their cases to court. …

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