An Indian man reportedly consumed around 50 bottles of medication used to treat thyroid issues in an attempt to commit suicide, live-streaming the tragic incident on popular social media site Facebook. 

The man reportedly live-streamed the attempt to take his own life on his Facebook account at around 1:30 p.m on Thursday, Oct, 21. In the video, the man was seen consuming bottles of liquid thyroid medication, saying that he wanted to kill himself.

As the video was inappropriate according to Facebook guidelines, it was quickly flagged by the website, and the social media giant's officials sent an e-mail at around 2 p.m. to the Delhi Police alerting them of the attempted suicide, the Indian Express reported.

After receiving the e-mail notification from Facebook, the cyber cell unit of the Delhi Police started an investigation into the incident, analyzed the user’s profile, and managed to get a phone number linked to the account. 

“We informed local staff in the West and Southwest district about the man and his address. They sent out teams and found the man at 3:15 p.m. He was lying on the floor and wasn’t conscious,” KPS Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber) said.

When they rushed to the man's house located in West Delhi, the authorities found him unresponsive on the floor of his flat and subsequently rushed him to a nearby hospital. When questioned after briefly gaining consciousness, he allegedly told the officers that he had consumed 40 to 50 bottles of the prescription syrup medication, NDTV reported. 

He then told the officers that he lost his job during the lockdown and was living alone because his wife had left him three years ago.

“We think he was depressed. Earlier, he was diagnosed with depression but did not take medicines. Today morning, he called his wife and asked her to reconcile, but she declined,” the police officers said.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a man, identified as Dusmanta Das, committed suicide by consuming pesticide near Odisha Assembly before proceeding to slit his wrist in Odisha, India on Sept. 8, India Today reported. 

He reportedly committed the act as a mark of protest against the alleged denial of treatment under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BKKY), a universal health coverage scheme launched by the Chief Minister of Odisha, India.

Das reported that he had undergone surgeries at the SCB Medical College Hospital after a road accident on March 22 last year, and was later discharged from the facility before his recovery due to the worsening COVID-19 situation.

"They discharged me even before my recovery," Das said. He claimed that hospital authorities forcibly discharged him because he wrote letters to the Chief Minister, Governor, and Health and Family Welfare department seeking their intervention.

He had undergone two surgeries on his injured leg and alleged that his surgeries were not effective due to the negligence of the hospital and his attending doctor.

However, the institution's Hospital Emergency Officer rejected the allegation of negligence and said that a team of doctors of the plastic surgery and orthopedic department had performed surgery on Das's injured leg and provided him with the best of treatment.

flu-g7fd8d5d2e_1920 A man reportedly consumed 50 bottles of syrup used to treat thyroid issues in an attempt to commit suicide. live-streaming the incident on Facebook. This is a representational image. PIXABAY