"Committing Suicide at Shopping Malls is contagious!" That's what I thought when I read the media reports about three suicides cases that took place recently in Jakarta.
The first one was a young lady Ice Yuniar (24), domiciled at Palembang, South Sumatera, who jumped from the Fifth Floor of the Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Central Jakarta. She died instantly.
Four and a half hours later, a man Reno Fadillah Hakim (25), domiciled at South Jakarta, jumped from the Fifth Floor of Senayan City shopping mall, South Jakarta. He died on the way to a hospital.
For details, please click here.
Four days later, Friday, 4 December another man Rikhard Kuirniawan (35) domiciled at Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, jumped from the Eleventh Floor of the Parking Building of Mangga Dua Square shopping mall at North Jakarta. For details, please click here.
The above mentioned suicides have deeply shocked and saddened the families of the deceased, in this connection I would like to express my deepest condolence and sympathy for them.
Further, I would like to quote and share two different writings made by a blogger and a media reporter about the suicide cases.
Blogger Unspun wrote about the reports in Republika which quoted PR of Senayan City as saying that she was very disappointed with Reno's suicide, and wished that he did it elsewhere like a bridge, or fly-over or other high rise building. But later, she denied saying those words. For details, please click here and here.
While a reporter of The Jakarta Globe wrote that the suicides demonstrate the danger of Twitter jounalism. For details, please click here.
Considering the above, I felt that our society should make efforts to stop or at least minimize such suicide. For which purpose there would be efforts to study why people are committing suicides, and why have they chosen famous malls to do that.