In a tragic incident, a 20-year-old woman from Karnataka lost her life while filming a clip for Tik Tok. The incident took place in Kolar, 75 km away from Bengaluru, on Friday evening.
According to media reports, 20-year-old Mala, a final year BA student, died after falling into a farm pond while trying to enact a scene from a movie in Kolar district’s Vedagiri. Her father told the police that the incident occurred when she went out to get cattle fodder.
The Times of India reported that Mala was known for her love for selfies. Her college principal told the newspaper that she had recently received a Rs 10,000 scholarship for doing well in her studies.
Mala is survived by her father, mother and siblings. Following her death, her family buried her body late on Friday night.
Upon learning about the incident, the police exhumed the body and conducted an autopsy. They are yet to trace the mobile phone used to shoot the video. The Kolar Rural police station is investigating a case of unnatural death.
This incident is not the first time that people have been injured attempting to perform stunts for social media. Several deaths have earlier been reported as the result of people attempting to recreate various stunts or photos to post on social media.
In one of the most recent cases, a Tumakuru man broke his neck while trying to do a backflip for a TikTok clip. In a widely shared video, he was seen landing on his head while trying to the backflip. He was admitted to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries a week later.