The Viral Video Boy From Dharamshala To Help Police Create Awareness About COVID-Appropriate Behaviour

The Viral Video Boy From Dharamshala To Help Police Create Awareness About COVID-Appropriate Behaviour

On Tuesday (July 6), a video of a 5-year-old boy from Dharamshala, questioning people for not wearing a face mask in a market area, went viral on social media
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The Viral Video Boy From Dharamshala To Help Police Create Awareness About COVID-Appropriate BehaviourWearing a face mask is one of the crucial defences in the fight against COVID-19 and the young boy is trying to impart that only
Highlights
  • The young boy will accompany police on COVID awareness drives in McLeodganj
  • SHO, Police Station McLeodganj said awareness rounds will begin from Friday
  • People tend to listen to young voices more: Vipan Choudhury, SHO

New Delhi: Earlier on Tuesday (July 6), a video of a 5-year-old boy from Dharamshala, questioning people for not wearing a face mask in a market area, went viral on social media. The COVID warrior has now been made the local police’s mascot. The young boy, who lives on the streets with his family, will accompany the police officials during their regular awareness and education drives starting this Friday (July 9), informed Vipan Choudhury, SHO, Police Station McLeodganj. Further talking to NDTV about making the young COVID warrior a part of their team, Mr Choudhury said,

Yesterday, we went to the market area to trace the boy named Amit. At first, he was afraid to see the police and got scared with everyone – police, locals, and media – looking for him. But then, we talked to him, encouraged him and got him on board. We want to lend his services as a symbol for our zero COVID mission. People tend to listen to a young voice more than police officials repeating the same things – wear a face mask, and keep distance.

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Mr Choudhury informed that McLeodganj, a tourist place, witnesses a large footfall over the weekend which is why they will take rounds starting Friday and whenever the boy is available and ready, he can tag along and help them spread the message.

Amit’s parents sell balloons for a living and yesterday, they were out to purchase stock of balloons so we couldn’t meet them. We will seek their permission before taking Amit, one of the four children, with us, said Mr Choudhury.

Amit’s video was shared on Instagram by a page named Dharamshala Local. In the video, Amit is seen with a cloth mask on his face and a long bright yellow stick in one hand. The child pokes at the adults meandering carelessly in the bustling market area without a face mask. The young boy is seen stopping people and asking one simple question, ‘tumhara mask kaha hai?’ (where is your mask?) However, his pleas are ignored as adults simply smile at him and walk away.

Watch: How To Wear Your Mask Properly?

Sharing the video on social media, the admin of the local page had questioned the careless behaviour of the educated people and wrote,

This little kid was seen on the streets of Dharmshala, asking people to wear mask. He doesn’t even have shoes to wear. See the smirking faces of these people. Who is educated and who is uneducated here?

Watch The Viral Video

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Talking to NDTV, Anand Karki, co-founder of the Instagram page Dharamshala Local said,

The video was shot by Kailash Dubhal but shared on our page because of the mass reach. Ever since the video of barefoot Amit asking people to wear a mask has gone viral, a lot of people have come forward and are willing to support his education and daily needs. So far, people have donated clothes and shoes for him and his brothers. Amit dreams of becoming a police officer and with all the love and support that people have shown towards him, we will try to get all the possible help for him. We will be meeting his parents by tomorrow for their education and living.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

129

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