Bangkok: A Thai woman aged 24, committed suicide in front of a webcam and broadcast through a video chat room online to your boyfriend away and others, a news report said Monday.
Srisawat Nichakorn in the central province of Nakhon Sawan, was found hanging from a bedsheet tied to a ceiling fan in her apartment in the district of Bang Khen Bangkok Sunday, according to the Bangkok Post.
A webcam has been set up to record suicide, which screened at the popular local Camfrog video chat network.
A maid at the apartment, said a man had phoned and asked him to rescue the woman, but the door was locked and she could not enter the room in time to save.
The Nakhon Sawannative was found hanged in his rented flat in Paholyothin Soi 69 in the afternoon of Sunday, with the webcam set for users Camfrog chat room could see her body in a mirror.
The officer told police that a man had called urging her to rescue a tenant who was about to commit suicide, but the door was locked. Nichakorn was dead by the time they forced the door open.
A 25-year-old, who was identified as the boyfriend of Nichakorn said he had met through the Camfrog network and just have an argument.
He said he had decided to break with it, causing it to become very annoying.
Nichakorn reportedly wrote several messages before his suicide, saying how disappointed he was about to end the matter.
The man was later identified as Teerawat Jeeraparpcharoen, 25, who had been dating for a month late after they met in a chat room on Camfrog.
Teerawat told police that Nichakorn was angry and he had fought earlier after she said an ex-boyfriend was trying to recover.
On Sunday, while in the chat in the Camfrog website, they had another argument and wanted to break, he said, adding that Nichakorn said that if he would have no reason left to live.
Then set the camera to view it hanging, he said, adding that staff alerted the apartment, but it was too late.
She committed suicide in front of a webcam broadcast on the Camfrog website to allow others, including her boyfriend away, to witness his death.
Messages posted on Camfrog woman "radio ghost chat room lamenting their relationship has not led police to believe she decided to end her life after her boyfriend broke up with her.
The tragedy has sparked a new round of criticism for improper use of program-based web camera.
Camfrog made headlines a few years ago when it was discovered young undressed in front of the webcam or use the site to talk sex with strangers.
A relative of Nichakorn yesterday warned users of online chat services to be cautious.
"[On-line chat services] are both good and bad sides. There are to be used with caution," said the relative, who asked not to be identified. Nichakorn said was a happy woman had not shown signs of stress or depression.
Rajanukul director of the Department of Mental Health Institute, Dr. Wiputakorn Panpimol urged the police to deal with computer crime to ensure that no suicide footage was broadcast online to avoid the "imitation" of conduct.
Dr. Panpimol also urged parents to pay more attention to their children, especially those who regularly use the webcam chat services.
The "radio ghost chat room where Nichakorn broadcast his suicide was closed yesterday, but some Internet users reported seeing a woman suicide clip on the internet.
The mental health expert said he believed that Nichakorn had a mental problem. She just wanted to share their agony with their peers in the chat room.
The suicide rate in Thailand stood at 6.5 per 100,000 people. That is not high compared with other countries like Japan and members of the European Union where the rate is almost 20:100,000.
Supinya Klangnarong, a member of Thai Internet users-Netizen Network, said the tragedy should be a wake-up call for society to promote Internet literacy seriously to prevent the destructive use of the service.
"It is very important to create strong safeguards for Internet users through the cooperation of all sectors of society to protect Internet users from the negative effects of social networks online," he said.