The girl in the photo viral with a news of Telangana student’s suicide is very much alive.
With regards to the ongoing Covid-19 circumstances, university students across the country are stressing for cancellation of exams, given the emotional stress due to the pandemic and risks of contracting the virus.
Meanwhile, an alleged death note of a Telangana student named “Sunitha” is viral on social media.
The note is shared alongside configuration of image of the young girl and on the other side a unclear blurred image of woman seemingly hanging from a ceiling fan. As indicated by the death note dated July 1, 2021, Sunitha ended her life dur to the “non-postponement of offline B-tech exams” in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency in Telangana.
— NehaChowdary (@NehaCho78701538) July 1, 2021
This post by a Twitter user, NehaChowdary, who goes by the handle name @NehaCho78701538, has received the highest number of reactions.
@trspartyonline @KTRTRS @SabithaindraTRS because of you students are dying is this is the way for responsibility at the time of elections You Trs party will beg for votes radiclas government @Eatala_Rajender sir please help us 🙏🙏
— Akula Pradham (@akula_pradham) July 1, 2021
An unbelievable decision was taken by the student. My condolences to the family. It is tough to produce quality engineers without exams for the Universities and tough to recover from covid if the student and his/her family are infected due to exams. (1/4)
— Teja (@Saitejab97) July 1, 2021
The post went viral on YouTube as well.
Although the news of Telngana Student’s suicide is true, the viral photo is of someone else
When the girls image was reverse searched on Google the same image was found in a ‘Telangana Today’ article published on January 25, 2021. According to this article, the girl is K Sankeerthana, an 18-year-old from the Karimnagar district of Telangana. The article says Sankeerthana secured 942 out of 1000 in the Intermediate exam. Apparently, she was preparing to pursue her under-graduation from Australia.
Speaking to India Today, dismissing the claims made by the viral post, Sankeerthana said, “I’m currently doing my first year in B.Com (Hons) from Delhi University. I’m not a B.Tech student as claimed in that post. Also, the death note shared along with my picture is not written by me. Due to the Covid-19 situation, there is no certainty when I can leave for Australia. So, I decided to join Delhi University.”
“I came to know about this fake post after a friend shared with me a post from the Twitter handle @NehaCho78701538. I, too, replied to the handle saying the post is fake. But there was no response,” she added.
— Girish Mintu (@girish_mintu) July 1, 2021
The person in the photo is my sister and she is alive..Moreover,she is not a btech student…Stop spreading fake news for the sake of cancellation of btech examinations…By the way where did you get that photo?..You are spoiling one's identity..Mind it
— chinnu (@Saikamalchinnu1) July 1, 2021
The Twitter profile of Neha Chowdary created on June 2021 and has only tweeted once — the post in question. This handle is also expected to have tweeted the post first, which was later picked by other social media users.
Hence, it is clear that the viral claim is false and the girl in the image shared with the post is very much alive.
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