Fake social media news of abduction goes viral; migrant family caught unawares

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Sasthamcotta: A fake message about a 'Malayalam speaking' boy kidnapped by gypsies has caught a Maharashtrian migrant worker and his family completely off guard.

The family landed in unforeseen trouble after the news went viral in social media so much so that they were not even prepared to come out of their rented house near Kannath Junction, near the railway station for fear of being attacked. They have lodged a police complaint. The family of Anil hailing from Pune has been staying in Kerala for the past six years.

Anil's mother was travelling with his sister's three-year-old son Rohan aka Pawan when a stranger took their pictures and circulated in social media giving a spicy twist of abduction. The migrant family earned their livelihood by collecting old clothes from houses.

Living in constant fear of moving about with Rohan, the family is now forced to confine themselves to the house. A complaint has been lodged with the police supported by the boy's birth records.

The six-year stay in Kerala has made the family, including Rohan, completely fluent in Malayalam. It was at this juncture that social media went abuzz with the news that the boy was kidnapped by gypsies.

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