A video that was viral in Tamil Nadu and was recently shared in Maharashtra with a Marathi caption claimed the lives of five people. A mob lynched them after rumours spread about child abductors on the loose.
The video, which seems like a CCTV footage shows children playing on the street. Two men on a bike approach and quickly pick up one child and leave. This is the edited version of the video that has become viral in India with the narrative that a gang of kidnappers are abducting children in India.
In reality, it is an educational video that was shot in Pakistan. The entire video then goes on to show the men bringing back the child and holding up a banner which reads “It only takes a moment to kidnap a child from the streets of Karachi”. This video was made to spread awareness in Karachi, but it has been mischievously edited and circulated in India, claiming it to be an incident of kidnapping by a notorious gang.
Please refrain from sharing news without verifying its source. It is our responsibility to stop this menace before another innocent person loses his life.