Another woman lynched in India after WhatsApp rumours

People protest against what they say are lynchings across India and the recent mob attack on Indian politician Swami Agnivesh, in Mumbai, India, July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

INDIAN- A woman was lynched to death in India after WhatsApp messages were spread that she was a child kidnapper the police said on Monday, the messaging App said they are working on curbing the forward of messages.

In the past two months more than 20 people have been killed in similar case, this has left Indian authorities and Facebook-owned WhatsApp scrambling to find a solution in its biggest market.

According to the police they have arrested nine people in those two months and are in the hunt for more suspects.

The police found the middle-aged woman’s mutilated body near a forest area in the Singrauli district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

Local police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP that the accused men told police they caught hold of the woman late on Saturday after finding her moving suspiciously and seeing a flurry of WhatsApp messages about gangs of child kidnappers in the area.

“We are trying to identify the victim and have circulated her picture to all the police stations,” Singrauli police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP.

Last Thursday the Indian government threatened WhatsApp with legal action, saying the “medium” for spreading malicious rumours “cannot evade responsibility and accountability”.

WhatsApp said on Friday that it would test limiting the ability of its more than 225-million Indian users to forward messages and remove the “quick forward button” next to media messages.

Photo Credit- REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

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