What is the truth behind the 'student selling fish' story?

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 15:12 hrs

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The social media is debating over the authenticity of a story which got into headlines this week, about a girl in student uniform selling fish in the market for a living.

When a news portal came up with this story, it became an instant hit. The girl said she wanted to study medicine and in a matter of a few hours, there were a huge group of reporters following up the story and she got several offers of monetary help from many kind souls.

Ramaleela director Arun Gopy announced that he will cast her in his forthcoming film, which has Pranav Mohanlal playing the lead.

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Some hours later, the whole scenario changed, when a few in the social media posted stories and videos claiming that the whole news item was a publicity stunt. This initiated an attack on the girl, Arun Gopy and the portals who reported the news, in the social media.

But today, the principal of the school where the girl is studying confirmed her claims and director Arun Gopy has stated that he was surprised by the reactions.

So, what is the truth? Maybe it will be revealed in the hours to come, but it is certain that the social media is reacting way too fast... be it to help or to abuse, before waiting to know the details.