The death of Sunanda Pushkar, just a few days after her Twitter outburst, was indeed a shock to everyone. Before her death, there were a considerable amount of jokes on her relationship with Shashi Tharoor due to the Mehr Tarar angle, as is the case with celebrities whose personal lives are always topics of page-3 reports.
However, some people decided to blame Twitter for her death, arguing that such jokes, which Twitter users crack on anyone and everyone, pushed Sunanda into depression and then suicide:
Social Media encourages cowards& haters to spout the most ugly things that they would never dare to say in real life to people face to face
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 18, 2014
RT @timesnow : It’s disturbing what social media(twitter) can lead to: Filmmaker Kunal Kohli on Sunanda Pushkar’s death
— V¡n¤†h♥VJ (@Nanbanvinoth) January 17, 2014
Sudhir Chaudhary, editor at Zee News
Twitter just claimed a life! Sunanda Pushkar is dead.Got this news at #ZEEJLF .Every1shocked.Shashi Tharoor was supposed to speak here tom.
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) January 17, 2014
Kashish (a part time journalist at NDTV)
Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit….. The double-edged sword of social media killed Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor!
— kashish (@_kashish_) January 17, 2014
Shailesh Yadav, a journalist at Aaj Tak
RIP Sunanda, It is a Murder, and the murderer it Twitter.
— Shailesh yadav (@shaileshyadav75) January 18, 2014
Suketu Mehta, a professor at NYU
terrible news about sunanda tharoor. this is murder by twitter. http://t.co/fh6HpnTkTz
— suketu mehta (@suketumehta) January 17, 2014
Some may have deleted their tweets or used some other medium, but user reactions indicate what they did say:
@suhelseth You are accusing Twitter for Sunanda’s death? It was a spat that she brought to a public forum and no one dragged her into it
— Rekha Ramaswamy (@rekharamaswamy) January 17, 2014
Suhel Seth,a close friend of the couple says we have to look at what role did Twitter play in Sunanda’s demise
— sonia singh (@soniandtv) January 17, 2014
Still in shock. And Vir Sanghvi blames her twitter interactions for Sunanda’s death? I mean are you fucking kidding me.
— Lutyens Impersonator (@vjshanks) January 17, 2014
While some said it explicitly, some chose to drop hints:
From Sunanda tragedy comes a reminder to all of us here on Twitter- keep compassion alive,dont be in a haste to judge,keep vicousness at bay
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 18, 2014
Harinder Baweja, journalist at Hindustan Times
Moral of the sad Sunanda story. Each of us on Twitter need to exercise restraint.
— harinder baweja (@shammybaweja) January 17, 2014
And of course MSM picked it from there:
Running stories in Print
— Pallava Bagla (@pallavabagla) January 18, 2014
And conducting polls online
Get off twitter, you HT DBags. RT @htTweets POLL: Is social media in any way to blame for Sunanda Pushkar’s death? VOTE:
— Ajayendar Al-Aryan (@ajayendar) January 17, 2014
We hope Twitter is exonerated soon.
And hope these people realize that knowingly or unknowingly, they were shielding the real culprit by blaming Twitter for what now is a clear case of murder.