A suicidal woman in Shenyang last Wednesday leaped from a 10th-floor window after being encouraged to jump by crowds of residents who’d gathered below.
According to ET Today, the baying crowd did not call the police, but instead called their friends over to witness the scene together, saying “Come and see this suicide reality show! So exciting!”.
“Jump quickly! I’m so tired of waiting,” one of them urged while whistling.
The woman, who was half-naked, jumped from the building and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said they saw a man standing next to the woman before she became emotional and plunged to her death.
Police arrived at the scene and escorted away a man who claimed to be seeing the woman before her death. He explained that he had been standing beside her and intended to pull her back inside before she fell.
Online, the story drew condemnation from web users, one of whom questioned: “If she were your mother or sister, would you still do the same?”
This isn’t the first case of its kind to be reported in China. In Shaanxi last year, a indebted woman who’d climbed to the top of a building and threatened to jump to her death was prodded on by a group of school kids who stood below yelling “Hurry up and jump for us!”
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Joyce Ng
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