Fake whatsapp forward claims 20 year old Keralite's marriage

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 09, 2018 14:21 hrs
FILE PHOTO: A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration

Whatsapp messages come in all forms and sizes. A few funny ones are a must to forward, while some not-so-funny cute ones must carry your focus. Most Whatsapp messags do evoke some sentiment, but users rarely check to scrutinize the accuracy of such messages.

Before the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted a month ago, not many of us may have pondered on whether stories and messages circulating on Whatsapp were really genuine to command even a glance. 

20 year old Fathima, a student from Kerala figured out all those forwards may not be exactly true. The youth had a hard time experiencing an episode that unfortunately led to calling off of her marriage.

Fathim's fiance apparently received an image of her standing next to a male friend with a voice note claiming that the couple was planning to elope. 

The man living overseas thought he had sufficient evidence and decided to call of the marriage.

Although, the 20 year old student was taken aback by the news of the marriage being called off, the reason of the nuptials being called off came as a big shocker.

Fathima knew the message was nothing short of a rumour, and opted to lodge a complaint with the Cyber Crime Cell to track the source. The cops arrested a 35 year old native from the same district.

Shihab, the man who was arrested, never interacted with Fathima, neither were they acquaintances.

The alleged Whatsapp culprit saw Fathima wearing a scarf around her head with a male friend at a bus stop and clicked their photograph.

He circulated their photograph assuming he knew Fathima. He also added a voice note claiming she was about to elope with the man. Forwards after forwards, the message ended on the smartphone of Fathima's fiance and the wedding got called off.

Officials said Shihab will be penalised under relevant sections of the IT act.

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