Hyderabad: What is the truth behind women ‘going missing’ in Hyderabad?
“Request all the female folk to be careful and highly watchful. Try to avoid travelling alone, especially in the nights and at deserted area,” reads a frantic Instagram story on Wednesday that has since gone viral.
“Nearly 82 people went missing in Telangana within just 24 hours on Saturday. 35 out of the missing are women of middle age,” reads another post on Twitter that too has been shared multiple times.
Several such ‘cautionary’ messages have been circulating on social media since Tuesday morning after a report in local media claimed an increase in missing cases in Hyderabad. According to the report, 545 people including children and women have gone missing in just nine days in June owing to ‘police inaction’.
These accusations, however, have been challenged by the Telangana Police, who say they have traced 85 per cent of missing people in 2018. And though the report mentions low marks, love failure, property dispute and kidnapping as the causes behind the disappearances, rumor mills on social media have been working overtime to spread panic.
While one post on Twitter calls it the work of a terror organization, people on Instagram are furious about not finding any clues or reasons behind the so called ‘kidnapping’. The truth, however, is that none of these speculations are true.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has called these messages ‘untrue’, sharing of which will attract legal actions. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M. Bhagwat too has urged netizens to ‘not like or share frivolous posts over missing cases as such posts are creating unnecessary panic’.
There has been widespread of rumors on Missing Women&Children, It is not true. Police takes all possible steps to trace who go missing. During last year 87% missing were traced & tracing of the remaining is still going on till date.
If anyone SPREAD RUMORS will face LEGAL ACTION.
— Anjani Kumar, IPS (@CPHydCity) June 12, 2019
— Rachakonda Police (@RachakondaCop) June 12, 2019
“I request all women not to believe such rumours and press reports,” tweeted V C Sajjanar, Cyberabad Commissioner of Police.
Dear Citizens, please don’t believe & don’t spread this type of rumours. pic.twitter.com/Bi4s6GkvpL
— DGP TELANGANA POLICE (@TelanganaDGP) June 12, 2019
Earlier, Delhi based Twitter user Anshul Saxena shared a false report claiming that 407 children in Telangana went missing in 2015 followed by 560 in 2018. He however, deleted his Tweet after officials from Telangana Police called his report a ‘Fake News’.