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Class 6 student allegedly chokes himself as part of TikTok challenge in Kota

Class 6 student allegedly chokes himself as part of TikTok challenge in Kota

A 12-year-old class 6 student accidentally choked himself to death allegedly while attempting to shoot and upload his video on mobile app Tik Tok, police said on Friday. The incident happened at Vigyan Nagar in Kota, police said. The family of the victim said that when they found the boy he was sporting sindoor (vermillion), 'mangalsutra' (a sacred thread worn by Hindu married women) and bangles. He hanged himself from a noose in his bathroom as a part of the TikTok challenge. "If it was not for TikTok then my child would have been alive," the father of the boy said. The boy was declared dead upon being brought to the hospital. His body has been shifted in a government hospital for postmortem. A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.

A 12-year-old boy choked himself to death while shooting a video for online video making app TikTok. According to reports, the boy was making video for a Tik Tok challenge and accidentally choked himself to death. Kushal Sindhi, a resident of Vigyan Nagar, had gone to sleep in his room on Monday night. He was found hanging with iron chains around his neck in a bathroom near his room, police said. His family members immediately took him to a hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead. Speaking on the matter, Rajasthan Police said, "Initial probe suggests that boy might have killed himself accidentally while trying to make a video for Tik Tok." The boy was wearing bangles and a mangal sutra at the time of the incident, triggering speculation that he killed himself under the influence of mobile app Tik Tok. The SHO said the body was handed over to family members after a post-mortem. It was too early to say that a video game or mobile app drove the minor boy to extreme step, Kota (City) ASP Rajesh Mill said.

Earlier on Friday, the education department of the Goa government had directed schools to discourage students from downloading on their mobile phones popular video-sharing app Tik Tok and multiplayer combat game PUBG. The app and the game create "safety and security" issue for children in the state, it said. In a circular issued to the heads of educational institutions, the department said, "the action in time may be of great help in saving some lives."

While concerns have been raised about addictive nature of Tik Tok and PUBG, the Madras High Court, in May, had imposed a ban on the video-sharing app in response to a petition. The petition had alleged that Tik Tok -- which allows shooting and sharing of short videos -- could make pornographic content easily accessible. The ban was later lifted.

 
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