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Burmese Priestess King Cobra
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From the 1944 documentary Dangerous Journey, a Burmese priestess, in a ceremony to the God of Fertility, must kiss a King Cobra on the head 3 times. Amazing example of an Aware person.
 

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A message is viral on Social media with Fire on Cable Trolley !


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#Haridwar #Mansa #devi
So many people burnt to death in a cable car fire in Haridwar at Mansa devi temple.
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So many people burnt to death in a cable car fire in #Haridwar at #Mansa #devi #Temple.


This is fire of Philipines Cable Trolley 3 years ago :


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HomeUttarakhandDehradun › Mansa Devi Ropeway Trolley Caught Fire Fake Video Viral
हरिद्वार: वायरल हुआ मंशा देवी रोपवे की ट्रॉली में आग लगने का वीडियो, जानिए इसके पीछे का सच
न्यूज डेस्क, अमर उजाला, हरिद्वार Updated Sat, 06 Jul 2019 10:12 AM IST


ट्रॉली में लगी आग



ट्रॉली में लगी आग - फोटो : अमर उजाला




मंशा देवी रोपवे की ट्रॉली में आग लगने का वीडियो वायरल हो रहा है। पुलिस ने इस मामले की पड़ताल की तो यह मामला फर्जी निकला। दिनभर सोशल मीडिया पर यह वीडियो छाया रहा।

इस वीडियो में एक ट्रॉली जलती दिख रही है। वीडियो वायरल होने से अफवाह फैल गई कि मंशा देवी रोपवे की ट्रॉली में आग लग गई है। इसकी जानकारी होने पर तत्काल हरकत में आई स्थानीय पुलिस रोपवे पर पहुंच गई। रोपवे अधिकारियों को इस मामले की पूरी जानकारी दी गई। कोतवाली प्रभारी प्रवीण सिंह कोश्यारी ने बताया कि मंशा देवी रोपवे पर सब कुछ सामान्य है।

कंपनी अधिकारियों ने अपील की कि आमजन अफवाह न फैलाएं। मंशा देवी रोपवे पर सबकुछ ठीक है। उषा ब्रेको कंपनी के प्रबंधक मनोज डोभाल ने कहा कि कंपनी अपनी गुणवत्ता और मानकों से कोई समझौता नहीं करती है। कंपनी को लेकर जिस तरह का प्रचार किया जा रहा है वह बेबुनियाद है।

उन्होंने बताया कि जिस वीडियो को हमारी कंपनी का बताकर प्रचारित किया जा रहा है। वह फिलीपींस में तीन साल पहले शूट किए गए एक टीवी कार्यक्रम की शूटिंग का है। उन्होंने लोगों से अफवाहों पर ध्यान नहीं देने का आग्रह किया।


हरिद्वार: वायरल हुआ मंशा देवी रोपवे की ट्रॉली में आग लगने का वीडियो, जानिए इसके पीछे का सच



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अफवाह : हरिद्वार के मनसा देवी झूले में आग लग जाने से लोग जिन्दा जले....बहुत दर्दनाक एक्सीडेंट
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सोशल मीडिया पर तेज़ी से वायरल होती यह वीडियो हरिद्वार के मनसा देवी की बताई जा रही है लेकिन पड़ताल के बाद यह सामने आया है कि
यह वीडियो अब से तीन साल पहले फिलीपींस की है
यह वीडियो सोशल मीडिया पर लोगो द्वारा जमकर शेयर की जा रही है
 

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जेब में Bank लेकर घूमने वाले भिखारी का Viral सच | ABP News Hindi
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4 अप्रैल को वायरल सच में हमने एक अमीर भिखारी का वीडियो दिखाया था .एक दुकान पर चाय पीने पहुंचे भिखारी को गुस्सा आ गया था. असल में चाय दुकानदार ने भिखारी से पूछ लिया था कि उसके पास पैसे हैं या नहीं.. सवाल के जवाब में उसने अपनी जेब से कई नोट निकालकर सामने रख दिए थे.. वीडियो दिखाते वक्त हमारे पास भिखारी की कोई जानकारी नहीं थी .. लेकिन अब हमें वो भिखारी मिल चुका है.
 

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A message is viral of a
FLYING BOY of India !

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योग विद्या के बल पर आसमान में उड़कर कर दिखाया जिससे वैज्ञानिक भी हैरान
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यह लड़का तमिलनाडु का रहने वाला है इसने योग विद्या के बल पर आसमान में उड़कर कर दिखाया जिससे वैज्ञानिक भी हैरान रह गए।


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यह लड़का तमिलनाडु का रहने वाला है इसने योग विद्या के बल पर आसमान में उड़कर कर दिखाया
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जिससे वैज्ञानिक भी हैरान रह गए।



REALITY :

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Magician Vignesh prabhu in Bangkok (hypnotism & closeup Magic)
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FLYING MAN OF INDIA at 160 FEET | Magician Vignesh prabhu | Exclusive flying magic | Jai hind
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A message with a video is viral from long time on Social Media about a girl / woman eaten by a Crocodile !

Crocodile eating Girl
Crocodile eating woman
कभी भी फोटो खींचने के लिए एसी जगहों पर ना जाये परिणाम आपके सामने है ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर करे.


Picture about Crocodile Swallows Up a Girl Taking Photograph by Lake, Video






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Crocodile Swallows Up a Girl Taking Photograph by Lake: Video – Hoax

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Fact Check:
A ‘shocking’ video shared widely online since few years purports to show that a Crocodile Swallows up a Girl by lake while she was trying to take a photograph with her friends around. While a number of viewers thought it to be true, the alligator attack seen in the video is not real; it was rather a commercial advertisement.
The viral YouTube video was actually a part of Preview Magazine’s #ImAPreviewGirl campaign in late 2013 carrying a title ‘How Not To Instagram’. It was in fact a (funny) commercial that ends with the tagline “Choose your bag wisely” and also won couple of awards as explained in the Preview Magazine website preview.ph.

The original video shown above actually carried the tagline and also a link to the Preview Magazine at the end. Some online users, however, trimmed the advertisement details at the end of the video and shared it falsely as a real incident of crocodile attack. So the claim that a crocodile eats the girl taking photograph by lake is a hoax.


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The tweet came after Parle Products announced they may lay off up to 10,000 employees after a slowdown in demand.


The tweet came after Parle Products announced they may lay off up to 10,000 employees after a slowdown in demand.(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Britannia’s Report Used to Imply Parle-G is Lying About Job Cuts
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Parle Products, the biscuits and confectionery major, recently announced that it may be forced to lay off up to 10,000 workers over the next year, quoting slowdown in demand due to high GST rate.


CLAIM
Charu Pragya, who is the national legal in-charge of BJP Youth Wing and is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claimed that Parle-G has only 4,480 employees and hence the laying off of 10,000 is not possible.
Her tweet carried screenshots of a Hindu Business Line report and another report which Pragya claimed was the annual report of Parle Products to support her claim.
The post said: “ParleG doesn’t even have 10,000 employees. Check their Annual Report for 2018-19, they have 4,480 employees. How are they planning to lay off 10,000 employees then (sic)?”
Screenshot of Charu Pragya’s tweet where she made the claim.
Screenshot of Charu Pragya’s tweet where she made the claim. (Photo Courtesy: Charu Pragya/Twitter)

Also Read : Video of ‘Mentally Ill’ Woman Accused of Child-Lifting is Fake


An archived version of the tweet can be viewed here.
At the time of writing the story, the tweet had garnered over 2,800 retweets and over 5,000 likes. The Quint also received a query from a reader to verify the authenticity of the claim.
The post was widely shared on Facebook as well.

The post went viral on Facebook.


The post went viral on Facebook.(Screenshot: Facebook)


WHAT IS THE TRUTH ?
The claim is false. The 2018-19 annual report in the tweet is of Parle Products’ rival company Britannia Industries, which showed the total number of employees on rolls as 4,480.



WHAT WE FOUND
The report shared by users has Britannia Industries Limited written on its top left corner.


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Video of ‘Mentally Ill’ Woman Accused of Child-Lifting is Fake

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CLAIM
Amid the increasing instances of child-lifting rumours, several videos and images are circulating on social media with the claim that 2000 Rohingyas are kidnapping children to either sell them or kill them.
The claim reads: ‘सावधान पूरे हिन्दुस्तान में रोहिंग्या की 2000 लोगो की टीम आयी है जो बच्चों को उठा के ले जा रही है कोई बेचता है कोई बलि के लिये ले जाता है खुद देखो सुनो ओर ज्यादा से ज्यादा इसे फैलाओ’’
(Translation: Alert, a team of 2000 Rohingyas has come in India who kidnaps children. Some sell them, while others kill them. Watch yourself and listen and share it as much as you can)
Another video is doing the rounds in which a woman is being accused of having kidnapped children. She is being questioned on how many children she has kidnapped, on which platform of the station, etc.


The Quint received a query about the claim made in the images via its WhatsApp helpline.

Also Read : Did a Team of 2000 Rohingyas Kidnap Children to Sell or Kill Them?

TRUE OR FALSE?
The claim with which the video is being shared is false. The video is from Dimrauni village in Badagaon in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district. The woman seen in the video is “mentally ill”, according to the police, and did not kidnap any children.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We found the same video shared with a different claim: ‘उत्तर प्रदेश के हाथरस में बच्चा चोर को लोगों ने पकड़ा सोशल मीडिया पर हो रहा है वीडियो वायरल’ (Translation: In Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, people caught the person who kidnapped children. The video is viral on social media)
An official in Hathras police station told The Quint that the video is not from Hathras and no such incident had taken place. Consequently, we searched on YouTube using keywords ‘बच्चा चोर ‘ and found a video with the claim: ‘बच्चा चोर गिरोह की महिला सदस्य पकड़ी गई, कृपया अपने बच्चों को संभाल कर रखें
Then we searched on YouTube using keywords ‘बच्चा चोर गिरोह ’ and found another video of the same woman which was uploaded by ‘Bharat News Live 24.’ The description along with the video mentioned that it is from Dimrauni village which comes under the jurisdiction of Badagaon police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district.



An official in Badagaon police station confirmed to The Quint that the incident did take place a few days back, but the woman in the video did not kidnap any children. People suspected that she had kidnapped children. She is “mentally ill” and no case of child-lifting has been reported recently, the official added.

Also Read : Video of UP Man Saying He Abducts Kids & Sells Organs Is Fake News


PAST INSTANCES OF ‘MENTALLY UNSOUND’ PEOPLE SUSPECTED TO BE CHILD-LIFTERS
  • In a video which is circulating with the same claim, a man dressed in a woman’s attire can be seen being questioned about details like how many members are there in his team, where are the children taken, where does he sell their kidney etc. The incident is from Khilara village in Mauranipur in Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh. The man seen in the video is mentally unsound, according to the police, and did not kidnap any children.
  • A video on social media had earlier claimed that a man, allegedly by the name of ‘Shamsher’, had kidnapped children. The video shows a group of people questioning the man about details of the number of children he has kidnapped, the amount of money he gets to do the same, who his boss is and where he kidnapped the children from. An official in the Mandideep police station told The Quint that the man in the video had not kidnapped any children and is differently abled.


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Accused of Child-Lifting, Man With ‘Mental Illness’ Heckled in UP

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CLAIM
A viral video on social media claims that as many as 2,000 Rohingyas are kidnapping children to either sell them or kill them. In the video, a man dressed in a woman’s attire can be seen being questioned about details like how many members are there in his team, where are the children taken, where does he sell their kidney etc.
The claim reads: ‘सावधान पूरे हिन्दुस्तान में रोहिंग्या की 2000 लोगो की टीम आयी है जो बच्चों को उठा के ले जा रही है कोई बेचता है कोई बलि के लिये ले जाता है खुद देखो सुनो ओर ज्यादा से ज्यादा इसे फैलाओ’’
(Translation: Alert, a team of 2000 Rohingyas has come in India who kidnaps children. Some sell them, while others kill them. Watch yourself and listen and share it as much as you can)


Several social media users shared the video on Facebook with the same claim.




TRUE OR FALSE?
The claim along with the video is false. The incident is from Khilara village in Mauranipur in Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh. The man seen in the video is “mentally ill,” according to the police and did not kidnap any children.

Also Read : Were AMU Students Behind Poster With Modi as ‘Dracula of Kashmir’?

WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We found the same video with a different claim which suggested that the video is from Mauranipur. The claim further mentioned that the man dressed in a woman’s attire had caught hold of two children from Mauranipur and sent them in a car which was off to Ujjain.
The claim reads:
दिनांक 1 अगस्त 2019 को बच्चा को चोरी करने वाला महिला के वेशभूषा में पकड़ा गया जिसने कबूल किया है कि हमने 2 बच्चे मऊरानीपुर से पकड़े और जो गाड़ी बच्चों को लेकर जाती है उसमें भेज दिए उसने गाड़ी का नंबर ही बताया जो गाड़ी उज्जैन के लिए निकल गई है आज सुबह प्रशासन से अनुरोध है कि जिसने गाड़ी का यह नंबर बता रहा है उसको जल्द से जल्द पकड़ा जाए क्योंकि उसमें जाने कितने बच्चे हैं ताकि उन सभी बच्चों की जान बच जाए





An official in the Mauranipur police station, which is located in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi district, told The Quint that the man seen in the video had not kidnapped any children.
“The incident is from Khilara village in Mauranipur which took place around 10 days back. The man in the video has been identified as Pushpraj and is from Guna in Madhya Pradesh.”
Official in Mauranipur police station
The villagers suspected that he is a child lifter and beat him, the official added. On being alerted about the incident, the Mauranipur police called his parents who informed them that he was undergoing a treatment in Gwalior as he is “mentally disturbed.” However, he ran out of Gwalior and reached Khilara village. Pushpraj’s parents showed certificates of Pushpraj being “mentally ill” to the Mauranipur police.

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NOT THE FIRST CASE OF CHILD-LIFTING RUMOURS
On Monday, 19 August, Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt shared a video with the claim that the man in the video had allegedly abducted children in order to sell their organs. The superintendent of police of Jalaun district, where the incident took place, denied that the man in the video had kidnapped children. He told The Quint that the man was first beaten and then forced to say that he had kidnapped children.
An image on social media had falsely claimed that a group of 25 men had been arrested in Jaora city, in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district, for abducting children. Rather, they were arrested as they were involved in a sex racket.



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Man Heckled in MP as Child Lifting Rumours Go Viral Again
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CLAIM
A viral video circulating on social media claims that a man allegedly by the name of ‘Shamsher’ has kidnapped children. The video shows a group of people questioning the man about details of the number of children he has kidnapped, the amount of money he gets to do the same, who his boss is and where he kidnapped the children from.
The video shared by a Facebook user ‘Roshan Raturi RR’ had received an engagement of over 42,000 views and was shared over 1,100 times till the time this article was written.



Several social media users shared the video on Facebook with a similar claim.




The Quint received a query about the claims made in the video via its Whatsapp helpline.
Also Read : This is Not ‘Dajjal’, Just a Baby With A Rare Birth Defect

WHAT’S THE TRUTH?
On listening to the video carefully, we could hear a man saying ‘yeh simrahi mein pakda gaya hai’ (Translation: he was caught in Simrahi). Madhya Pradesh’s Simrahi village comes under the jurisdiction of Mandideep police station.
An official in the Mandideep police station told The Quint that the incident took place around 15 days ago and that the man seen in the video is mentally challenged.
“This man had not kidnapped any child. After we reached the spot and identified that he is mentally challenged, we admitted him to the hospital. No FIR was filed. We couldn’t confirm the man’s name as he couldn’t answer properly. Even the public understood that he is mentally challenged.”
An official in the Mandideep police station
Some people shot the entire incident and spread fake claims about the same, he added.



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WhatsApp cracks down on fake content after at least 18 deaths are linked to rumours spread on platform

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Mohinidevi Nath displays a photo of her cousin Shantadevi Nath, who was killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in India's western Gujarat state on June 27 by a mob that falsely believed she was intent on abducting children. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)
WhatsApp is introducing new features to curb the spread of rumours, fake messages and doctored videos within its platform, after a fierce demand by the Indian government this week.
"The use, abuse, (and) misuse of your platform, particularly, which leads to killing of innocent people is plainly not acceptable," India's Minister of Electronics and IT told WhatsApp on Wednesday.
At least 18 people have been killed this year in separate incidents when false information shared through the app fuelled violent mobs to attack innocent people. Most of the rumours warn of child abductors.




A protestor at a June 11 demonstration in Gauhati, India, wears a badge showing Nilotpal Das, right and Abhijit Nath, who were killed by mobs inflamed by fraudulent social media reports of kidnappers preying on children.(Anupam Nath/Associated Press)
Mass protests have followed, yet the vigilante-style attacks have continued.



Beggars suspected of child abduction
On Friday, three men at a railway station in the northeastern district of Assam were rescued by the army from a possible lynching. They were surrounded by hundreds mistaking them for possible child abductors.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the men were begging for alms and at one point, appeared to have been speaking to a child. The Times spoke to an officer from nearby Pimpalner village, charged with the investigation.



Regions in India where some of the attacks have taken place. (CBC)
"Although there was no child kidnapping case recorded with Pimpalner police, there was a rumour in the village and its surrounding areas about an active child kidnapping gang," he said. "This is a tribal area, and any stranger or outsider is viewed with suspicion."
Early last week, five men were beaten to death on similar suspicions in Dhule district of Maharashtra, a western state.





Family members grieve by a portrait of Bala Krishna outside his house in Korremula, India. The 33-year-old motorized rickshaw driver was killed by a mob inflamed by social media. (Mahesh Kumar A./Associated Press)

Hundreds from around the local village joined in, first beating the men with stones and sticks, some filming it on their cellphones, before taking them into a confined room and brutally assaulting them. At least 24 people have been arrested in connection to the attack.




Tracing the origin of child abduction rumours
In India, with more than 200 million WhatsApp users, the service has become a primary source of news and information.
But distorted information spreads fast, as was the case with a particular public service video about child kidnapping that originated from Pakistan. The video, styled like CCTV footage, shows two men pull up on a motorcycle in front of a group of children. They snatch a child and drive away. They come back, then hold up a sign that warns parents just how quickly a child could be kidnapped.
In another lynching in Assam in early June, two men stopping to ask for directions were assumed to be the child kidnappers from the video. A doctored version of that video, cropped to end right after the child was snatched and the men ride away, made it seem like footage of an actual incident. They were lynched by an angry mob.

Watch the original public-service video involving the mock abduction of a child from a sidewalk:


Timeline: Deaths linked to WhatsApp rumours
February
  • A migrant worker is lynched in Uttar Pradesh after being suspected of kidnapping
April
  • A man in Tamil Nadu was killed after being seen wandering aimlessly through the streets
May
  • A man with mental health issues was killed after being accused of being a member of a kidnapping gang in Hyderabad
  • A 55-year-old woman was lynched after offering sweets to children
  • A man in Andhra Pradesh is lynched after speaking Hindi, not the local language, Telugu
  • A transgender woman was killed in Hyderabad by angry locals suspecting her of being a child trafficker
  • A man in Bangalore is tied up and beaten to death by a mob with cricket bats
June
  • Two men travelling in a SUV were killed in Assam after stopping to ask for directions after villagers spread rumours that they were hiding a child in the vehicle
  • An activist hired by the state of Tripura to drive around with a loudspeaker and warn communities of fake rumours was killed by a mob, along with two others
  • A merchant in Tripura is murdered by a 300-person mob after selling goods in the state for 20 years
  • A beggar woman is killed after she and two others are beaten with sticks in Gujarat
  • A rickshaw driver in Hyderabad is killed after being mobbed in front of his home after a social media rumour
July
  • Five men are killed while visiting a neighbouring rural district in Maharashtra






WhatsApp outlines plan of action in a statement

WhatsApp issued a statement saying, "like the government, we're horrified by these terrible acts of violence," and that they want to prevent misuse of its service.
The statement reiterated the tools available to its users, including the ability to block or report someone that has sent you a message and is not already in your address book. In India specifically, WhatsApp are testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded rather than composed by the sender.
It has even reportedly offered a $50,000 reward for anyone who can come up with ideas to tackle this issue.
However, the platform's own strict privacy rules and encryption technology pose a unique challenge when it comes to stopping the spread of misinformation.



Indian students shout slogans during a protest march demanding authorities arrest and punish the culprits involved in the killing of two youths in Karbi Anglong district of Assam on June 8. Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were beaten to death by a mob who suspected the youths were child abductors. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)


WhatsApp says that while messages within its platform can go viral, its platform is still private.
The company has enlisted the help of Boom Live, a Mumbai-based organization that works to track down and debunk fake posts. Boom Live was first to debunk the child kidnapping public service video that led to the incident in Assam.
Founder Govindraj Ethiraj says that, although WhatsApp appears to be the vehicle behind the hoax messages, he isn't convinced the social media platform is entirely to blame for the violence.
"It's fundamentally a societal issue and law enforcement issue that needs to be tackled as such," he says.
Ethiraj agrees it is tough to monitor hoaxes that circulate in villages or within specific groups, and even more difficult to trace the origin of a video once it goes viral.





How to fact-check violent messages?
"It's next to impossible for someone like us who is sitting in [Mumbai] and trying to fact-check violent messages."
The quick turn to violence baffles Ethiraj.
"It literally is in a few hours ... when the first messages start, spreads quickly, and some unfortunate soul wandering there — or already living there — becomes the target for whatever reason," he says.


A piece of video cut from a public service announcement meant to raise awareness of child abductions has been circulating on WhatsApp in India, leading to public killings and beatings of innocent people mistaken for potential kidnappers. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)
"What do you do when a group of people who otherwise don't have any criminal background get together and become a raging mob and start beating up people? How do you address that?"
Local authorities in some parts of the country are doing their part to prevent the attacks. Police in the southern city of Hyderabad have set up a WhatsApp destination where people can send posts they suspect are fake or doctored.
The deputy commissioner charged with the investigation of the incidents in Assam, told the Times of India: "We have asked people not to take the law into their own hands and report to us if they come across anything suspicious."
The state of Tripura hired a local activist, Sukanta Chakraborty, to drive through villages with a loudspeaker, debunking fears that a gang of child kidnappers were on the loose.
Then, on June 29, Chakraborty and two others were beaten to death by a mob. Multiple reports suggest the mob was angry at the men for downplaying what they perceived as the real threat of child kidnapping in the area.
Watch the full CBC News report:


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Lynchings fueled by rumours on WhatsApp sweep across India

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