Online loans take the life of an employee

In a shocking incident, a 23-year-old agricultural extension worker from K. Mounika district died on Tuesday evening at Gandhi Hospital while undergoing treatment after consuming a toxic substance on Monday evening. She was allegedly pushed to an extreme step due to harassment from an agency offering instant loans online.

Police say Mounika, a resident of Bharat Nagar in Siddipet town, took out a loan through the “Snap It” app. For personal reasons, she was unable to repay the loan and those who advanced the loan not only called her and abused her, but also called her a “loan defaulter” and broadcast his photo on social media platforms and WhatsApp groups.

Mounika’s family members have filed a complaint with the One Town Police to demand action against those operating the ‘Snap It’ app.

“I am Kirni Bharath, resident of Bharath Nagar. My sister Mounika working as an AEO in Khata village took out a loan through Snap It App. As she was unable to pay, a company representative labeled her a loan defaulter and messaged all of her phone contacts. Worried about this, my sister committed suicide by consuming pesticides. We first took her to Siddipet Government Hospital and then to Gandhi Hospital where she breathed her last. Please take action against those responsible for his death,” family members said in a complaint filed with police. The police have registered a case and are investigating.

This was not the first case of people falling victim to online loans. A few weeks ago, similar complaints were reported in Alladurg in Medak district and Patancheru in Sangareddy district, although no suicide cases were reported.

There is always someone to listen to: +914066202000 for emotional breakdown at this Hyderabad-based suicide intervention centre, Roshni.

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