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* Social media networks should not be blamed for recent suicides in Sri Lanka, youth union says
Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 09:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 25, Colombo: The Socialist Youth Union (SYU), a youth organization affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the social media network, Facebook, should not be held responsible for the recent suicides and it should not be banned.

National Organizer of the SYU and former parliamentarian, Bimal Ratnayake told a news conference that young girls and boys have committed suicide due to illicit love affairs long before Facebook came into existence.

However, he said that Sri Lanka has recorded the second largest number of suicides among young women, which is therefore a social problem the country needs to resolve.

According to the World Organization for Preventing Suicides, 80,000 youth are reported to have attempted suicide in Sri Lanka annually while 400,000 think of it as an option, Ratnayake pointed out.

According to Ratnayake, organizations have to be set up with trained people to deal with social issues while Facebook itself could be used to overcome these issues.

He added that Facebook will not be a problem if used properly.

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