Driver commits suicide in Saudi, family blames social media

Usela Sailu had allegedly uploaded some videos on Tik Tok and was worried that it might have repercussion

By Author  |  Published: 17th Jul 2019  12:12 amUpdated: 16th Jul 2019  9:59 pm
Usela Sailu

Jeddah: Depression among labourers and blue-collar workers in Gulf is becoming increasingly common as they face loneliness and financial obligations.

Lack of social skills leads to difficulty in bridging the gap and many of them are turning to social media fill the void. Telangana NRI community living abroad, be it in Gulf or North America, believe that one can do whatever one wishes to on social media.

The content of social media platforms has been affecting the mental health of many labourers in Gulf, who live alone and far from home, and in some cases, they end up committing suicide.

In a latest case, a NRI driver from Kamareddy district, allegedly committed suicide since he was concerned about the content of a video he had uploaded on TikTok.

Usela Sailu (49) of Gandhari mandal in Kamareddy district was working as house driver for a family in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh for last five years. He had no issues at job, was doing well. He was active on various social media platforms.

He had even made an announcement, along with his friends, that any Telugu NRIs facing any problem in Riyadh can approach them and they would help to resolve their problems.

Sailu was told by some of his online friends, who also hail from Telangana that he could simply earn between Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per month based on “likes” he receive, family sources revealed. He had uploaded some funny videos of him for entertainment.

“However, he was tensed about some of his videos and had requested his friends to delete those videos before he visits India for holidays,” they added. The content or nature of videos about which Sailu was concerned is not known.

Sailu was preparing to go to India for vacation as it is summer holidays in Gulf countries and thousands of drivers like Sailu come home during this period.

Things took a shocking turn last week,Sailu was found hanging in his room. Police was alerted and they shifted the body to mortuary. Investigation into the incident is going on.

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