Indian parent sues Amazon, US’ University of Pennsylvania over daughter’s sudden death

An Indian parent, mother of an Indian-origin student has sued the ecommerce giant and the prestigious, University of Pennsylvania over her daughter’s suicide.

The 20-year-old nursing student at the university apparently committed suicide more than two years ago by taking cyanide that she had purchased from the online giant, Amazon. Amazon offered cyanide for sale until February 2, 2013, just days before her death and before that, and the poison had been purchased more than 50 times by customers in the US, resulting in at least 11 deaths besides her, according to the suit.

mazonIt is said that the student reported a sexual assault by one of the male students of the university in the year 2011, but no charges were lodged and the alleged culprit remained on campus, and this made her consume cyanide in 2013. She was in distress over what happened to her and showed troubling behaviour at school.

One school official allegedly wrote in an email she had “no sympathy” for her and said the student “deserves anything you dish out to her”.

In December, 2012, she ordered cyanide crystals from Amazon through a vendor in Thailand, who had listed it as a “kitchen” item, said the suit filed in late July that also names the vendor and his company as defendants.

By the spring 2013 semester, she was being investigated for academic misconduct. She was barred from registering for classes, and ordered to leave her dorm while awaiting a hearing for the misconduct.

On February 8, 2013, the day of the hearing, her roommate found her unresponsive in their dorm, and she was pronounced dead hours later.

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– Spadman