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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

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

24,29,84,542Cases
20,45,14,204Active
3,35,32,126Recovered
49,38,212Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,29,84,542 and 49,38,212 have died; 20,45,14,204 are active cases and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 3:51 am.

India

3,41,59,562 16,326Cases
1,73,7282,017Active
3,35,32,126 17,677Recovered
4,53,708 666Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,59,562 confirmed cases including 4,53,708 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,73,728 and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,99,850 1,632

27,747 152

64,32,138 1,744

1,39,965 40

Kerala

48,97,884 9,361

81,490 603

47,88,629 9,401

27,765 563

Karnataka

29,85,227 378

8,920 97

29,38,312 464

37,995 11

Tamil Nadu

26,92,949 1,152

13,531 259

26,43,431 1,392

35,987 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,781 478

5,398 102

20,43,050 574

14,333 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,069 1

85 22

16,87,085 23

22,899

West Bengal

15,84,492 846

7,577 42

15,57,882 792

19,033 12

Delhi

14,39,526 38

340 29

14,14,095 8

25,091 1

Odisha

10,37,523 467

4,197 139

10,25,025 603

8,301 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,799 26

214 8

9,92,013 18

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,396 1

32 4

9,45,410 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,378 25

165 9

8,16,126 16

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,729 8

80 8

7,82,126 16

10,523

Haryana

7,71,133 8

122 9

7,60,962 17

10,049

Bihar

7,26,045 3

30 0

7,16,354 3

9,661

Telangana

6,69,932 193

3,963 4

6,62,025 196

3,944 1

Assam

6,08,126 315

3,866 104

5,98,296 209

5,964 2

Punjab

6,02,163 28

230 4

5,85,382 24

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,562 36

183 17

3,43,244 19

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,799 12

166 10

3,36,235 22

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,494 108

870 56

3,26,195 52

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,312 174

1,483 31

2,17,096 141

3,733 2

Goa

1,77,819 54

600 18

1,73,862 72

3,357

Puducherry

1,27,621 57

454 0

1,25,314 56

1,853 1

Manipur

1,23,107 56

906 440

1,20,294 494

1,907 2

Mizoram

1,16,689 745

9,636 398

1,06,653 1,143

400

Tripura

84,376 7

98 7

83,462 14

816

Meghalaya

83,269 59

698 37

81,128 94

1,443 2

Chandigarh

65,320 5

28 2

64,472 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,075 10

141 1

54,654 9

280

Sikkim

31,842 23

183 2

31,266 25

393

Nagaland

31,689 19

245 5

30,766 23

678 1

Ladakh

20,896

40 3

20,648 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679 1

4 0

10,671 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

6 1

7,511 1

129

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