Fact Check: Old news report of a group of friends committing suicide falsely linked to COVID-19 related unemployment

With layoffs and pay cuts becoming the new normal in times of COVID-19 pandemic, a newspaper clipping started doing rounds on social media claiming that four friends attempted suicide owing to unemployment. The headline claims that they jumped on train tracks and three died.

Newspaper clipping headline read, “‘नौकरी लगेगी नहीं तो जी कर क्या करेंगे’ कहा और ट्रैन के आगे कूद गए चार दोस्त, तीन की मौत”

(Translation: ‘Without a job, there is no use of living’ said four friends and jumped in front of the train, three died.)

The same newspaper clipping was posted by Anees Raja, State President Youth Brigade Samajwadi Party of UP on Twitter.


FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it be old and misleading.

With the help of Hindi keywords, ‘नौकरी लगेगी नहीं तो जी कर क्या करेंगे’ कहा और ट्रैन के आगे कूद गए चार दोस्त, तीन की मौत’, we found an article by Zee Rajasthan dated November 22, 2018,  claiming that four friends committed suicide due to unemployment in Alwar, Rajasthan.

On digging further, we also found another news article on Aaj Tak dated November 22, 2018, stating that four youths jumped in front of a train due to unemployment and three died.

Also, another news article by NDTV dated November 22, 2018, reported that four young friends, who were troubled because of the unemployment, committed suicide by jumping in front of the train.

Other news organization like Patrika, Tarun Mitra, Janjwar and Hindi Sabrang India also reported the same incident.

This proves that the newspaper clipping in circulation is from 2018 and hence the post is misleading.

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