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Youth Left Paralyzed After Failed Tik Tok Stunt!

  • 20 Jun 2019
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The Tik Tok craze continues to claim casualties in India. 

The latest incident involves a 19-year-old Karnataka man who has been left completely paralysed after attempting a backflip video, to be uploaded to the short video sharing application.

The 19-year-old, identified as Kumar, from Tumakuru, landed on his neck following the failed stunt. 

In the disturbing video, Kumar can be seen shooting off from a stationary position towards his friend.

(The following footage has disturbing content. Please watch at your own risk)

The friend is holding his palms out at waist level, supposedly to act as a launching pad to assist Kumar's backflip. 

It does not take long for the viewer to gauge that Kumar does not have the necessary elevation, nor the proper "bounce' to help him land on his feet, as he flips backwards after launching from his friend's hands.

He then fails to complete a full circle, as how a backflip should work, and lands on his neck. He is then seen writhing in pain on the grass.

Kumar reportedly suffered a broken neck and an injured spine, and is undergoing treatment at the Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru. 

The youth is not the first, and may not be the last, casualty of Tik Tok in India. 

There have been previous cases where Tik Tok users have committed suicide due to reasons linked to the application. 

In October last year, a 24-year-old youth in Tamil Nadu committed suicide by jumping in front of a train, after he was bullied by fellow Tik Tok users for making videos while dressed as a female. 

Last January, A 15-year-old girl hung herself on her birthday after her grandmother scolder her for being addicted to the app. 

Last week, a 24-year-old mother of two committed suicide after she was scolded by her husband, who asked her to quit the platform.

The woman, identified as Anitha, recorded a video of her drinking a dark-coloured liquid from a bottle, after which she can be seen violently coughing.

According to reports, the woman then sent the video via WhatsApp to her husband, who is working in Singapore. 

Back in April, Tik Tok was banned by the Madras High Court, on grounds that it was exposing children to sexual predators and pornography.

However, the ban only lasted about a week, before it was lifted. 

It is indeed saddening that people in today's world are relying on likes and shares on social media to know their self worth. 

It is time they realised that no amount of online validation can replace the previous gift of human life. 

Source:Deccan Herald, techcrunch.com, India Today, ibtimes.com

Photo source: Astro Awani

Video source: Youtube, MyNation