A 17 year old TikTok user ended his own life by going to extremes for social media clout
Social media has a tendency to bring out the best as well as the worst in people. Sometimes, chasing for attention can become seriously lethal for some people. This is exactly what happened to one unfortunate 17 year old in Karachi.
17 year old TikTok user, Tanveer, accidentally shot himself while filming a TikTok
According to news reports, Tanveer used the pistol which was licensed and was owned by his father. He went to a nearby temple and while posing for the video, he mistakenly pulled the trigger which resulted in his death.
Upon investigation, it was found that the pistol used by Tanveer had bullets in its chambers.
As per news reports, he family has refused to continue with the post mortem and the body has now been handed back to the family.
The saddening news has reignited people’s attention toward the app
As soon as the details of the incident were shared via several platforms, people demanded to ban TikTok in Pakistan
It’s not just about TikTok, Neither is this the first incident which involved the mishandling of a weapon while shooting a TikTok video. Only recently a teenager from Sialkot lost his life in a similar way. Incidents like this bring up the need for gun regulation in Pakistan so that they’re not as easily accessible to children.
This also brings up the need for discussion on safe usage and existence of young people on social media. You may have heard of incidents in Pakistan and abroad of young people going to extreme lengths to chase views and likes, and doing pranks that might put their life in danger.
Extreme steps that include banning of the app should be avoided and it should be understood that the app isn’t at fault but the irresponsible handling of the weapon is. Banning is never the solution but learning better ways so that everyone can safely exist in the public space is the right way to go about preventing such incidents in the future.
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