Boy shot dead while filming video for Tiktok

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New Delhi: The possibility of their videos turning viral and resulting in stardom has urged many netizens to download the video making app, TikTok. People show off their acting, lip-syncing and crying-on-cue skills on this trendy app where thousands of people can view their work. Lately, the intensity of these videos has gone up several notches–with people breaking tube lights on their foreheads while enacting crazed lovers and other characters.

Unfortunately, one young Delhi boy’s craze for TikTok fame cost him his life. While on a night out at India Gate with two of his friends, 19-year-old Salman was accidentally shot in the face by a compadre while filming a TikTok video. According to a police report, Salman was sitting in the rear seat with one of his friends filming the video, using a country-made pistol as a prop. The friend holding the pistol accidentally shot Salman, piercing his cheek. But the friends, afraid of the consequence of their actions, did not rush Salman to the hospital first. They took their car to a relative’s place in Daryaganj, where they cleaned the vehicle and their clothes, and then took him to the nearby LNJP Hospital. They left him there after the hospital announced him dead on arrival, after which the staff called the police.

It is unfortunate that Salman’s friends who are also no more than 20 years of age will be convicted of a crime they did not intentionally commit. But the caution and the necessary steps that should have followed the incident were just ignored. They shouldn’t have had access to a gun in the first place, and they should have rushed their friend to the hospital immediately after the accident because their intention wasn’t to hurt him. The lack of common sense and an air of bravado has marred the perception of several young citizens. Living for the likes of others on social media is a lifestyle more than a trend now. It may sound funny when you put it in words, but people have died for the perfect selfie.

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