Model Anam Tanoli’s untimely death has sparked a much needed discussion on bullying and depression. The 26-year-old fashion designer and model committed suicide on Saturday, following which there have been reports that cyber-bullying and depression led her to take such a drastic step.
Mawra Hocane, on Monday, took to Instagram to offer her condolences and also to raise awareness about how destructive social media trolling can be. “RIP – Anam Tanoli I didn’t know her personally but I am devastated that a young beautiful girl succumbed to the bullies around her,” she wrote.
Mawra disclosed that she spoke to a friend of Anam’s who told her how deeply Anam was affected by social media trolling and bullying. “She was suffering from depression and the world was ruthless regardless. I wish she was stronger, but I also wish that we were kinder,” she added.
RIP – Anam Tanoli I didn’t know her personally but I’m devastated that a young beautiful girl succumbed to the bullies around her. I spoke to a close friend of hers who told me how deeply she was affected by social media trolling & bullying at work. She was suffering from depression & the world was ruthless regardless. I wish she was stronger but I also wish that we were kinder , all of us. Be on a watch, anyone around us could be suffering from depression & your words can take someone’s life. I’m sorry #AnamTanoli on behalf of everyone who pushed you take such a step. My condolences & love to the family! P.s we may be out here for you on social platforms but we are just like you. we get hurt, we break but we endure & put the broken pieces together to run another show for all of you. Be kind, it won’t cost you a thing, Please be Kind & considerate & compassionate for others & their hearts! #RIPAnamTanoli It is about time we treat depression as an illness so we can comfort the ones suffering, atleast. Seek medical help without reluctance. Please don’t be afraid of the society, protect yourself first!
PTI leader and presidential candidate Dr Arif Alvi also tweeted about it and highlighted the need for round-the-clock psychiatric help to prevent such incidents:
Model Anam Tanoli ‘commits suicide’ in Lahore https://t.co/l26rWdwSoE… Millions of people specially women under different socio-economic pressures face depression & some commit suicide. Psychiatric help should be readily available including a 24/7 helpline.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) September 2, 2018
Actress Armeena Khan also expressed her concern:
A young, up and coming Pakistani/Italian model died yesterday. On the face of it, it looks like suicide by hanging. I wonder what could possibly have driven a talented young girl like that to take her own life. R.I.P. #anamtanoli #depressionkills #bekindtoothers
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) September 2, 2018
There have been many more messages on Twitter and Instagram where people are talking about how nasty comments on social media can lead to someone’s death:
We all are murderers. We all murder each other every day,
By bullying each other out of vengeance
By gossiping and bullying.
By making fun of someone's facial flaws.
We all murder anyone everyday#AnamTanoli https://t.co/YgXBPwSwcl
— Faiza Ismail (@The_Af_Jay) September 2, 2018
This is so heart wrenching.
We as a society need to make sure that suicide does not remain the only option for a distressed person.
Thinking of #AnamTanoli and everyone who lost the battle against stress and depression. https://t.co/yOJ8zJPHKL
— Maryam Zaheer (@MaryamZaheer10) September 2, 2018
Anam Tanoli is gone. Another case of depression goes unnoticed. Another girl gets dragged through hell for her choice of profession. Another girl whom society killed, but she isn’t worth remembering or praying for because she wasn’t apparently pious. #AnamTanoli pic.twitter.com/J8jAIF5wP3
— Komal (@komallsalman) September 2, 2018
If you know someone who’s battling depression, please reach out to them before it’s too late.