An Indian influencer has been arrested after he pretended to commit suicide for an online video.
He has more than 44,000 followers on Instagram.
Faked suicide for an Instagram video
The graphic video, which has since been deleted, was edited to show Khan jumping in front of a moving train after he was rejected by a lover.
The video then ended with Khan lying on the train tracks with blood seeping from his body.
Although the video was deleted from Khan’s Instagram page, it is still circulating online.
Twitter user Binu Varghese tweeted the video on Saturday (July 24) and tagged the Mumbai Police, saying that Khan was “promoting suicide” and “provoking other people to do the same act”.
Arrested on July 25
Hindustan Times reported that Khan was arrested on Sunday (July 25) by the Bandra Government Railway Police (GRP).
The video was shot on the railway tracks between Bandra and Khar railway stations in Mumbai on Friday (July 23) afternoon, but authorities only spotted the video online at 4pm on Saturday (July 24).
According to Hindustan Times , Khan was arrested from his house in Bandra under sections 336 (committing an act to endanger life of others and self) and 188 (disobedience of order) of the Indian Penal Code.
He is also being investigated for trespassing and being a public nuisance.
“For entertainment purposes”
Speaking to Vice , Khan said that he made the video “for entertainment purposes”.
He added that it “was a mistake” and that he never intended to encourage others to do the same.
Posted an online apology
On Tuesday (July 27), Khan posted an Instagram story to apologise for his actions.
“In view of the events that transpired after the video I posted, I would like to make it evidently clear that the same was strictly for entertainment purpose only and I, in no means whatsoever, intended to promote the act of suicide.
I request all of those who watched the video to please refrain from trying the same at home.
I humbly apologise for irresponsibly uploading the video and uphold that the subject of suicide should be dealt with high caution as it goes against every religion, humanity and importantly, the law.”
Top images from Iffy Khan/IG & Binu Varghese/Twitter.
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