When WhatsApp Rumours Kill

A number of lynching and violence cases linked to rumours of child kidnappers on the prowl on WhatsApp have been reported from across India. At least 20 persons have been killed in related violence since April 2018.

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Five people were lynched to death in Maharashtra’s Dhule district over WhatsApp rumours pertaining to child abduction

In Tamil Nadu, two migrant labourers were thrashed by locals over similar rumours

Over the last week, three separate incidents of violence have broken out in Tripura – again, related to WhatsApp rumours

In Malegoan, police rescued five people from being lynched over child-lifting rumours

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Five people were lynched to death in Maharashtra’s Dhule district over WhatsApp rumours pertaining to child abduction

In Tamil Nadu, two migrant labourers were thrashed by locals over similar rumours

Over the last week, three separate incidents of violence have broken out in Tripura – again, related to WhatsApp rumours

In Malegoan, police rescued five people from being lynched over child-lifting rumours

In Assam Village, Guwahati Youths Lynched For ‘Looking Suspicious’

In Assam Village, Guwahati Youths Lynched For ‘Looking Suspicious’

Assam Lynching: 23 Arrested, Probe Ordered Into ‘Police Lapses’

 Nilotpal Das (right), a sound engineer based in Mumbai, and his friend Abhijeet Nath, a businessman were lynched by a mob in Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

Assam Lynching: 23 Arrested, Probe Ordered Into ‘Police Lapses’

Assam Lynching: Police Lathi-Charge as Protests Turn Violent

Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai, and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman were lynched by a mob in Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

Assam Lynching: Police Lathi-Charge as Protests Turn Violent

In Assam Village, Guwahati Youths Lynched For ‘Looking Suspicious’

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In Assam Village, Guwahati Youths Lynched For ‘Looking Suspicious’