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These articles claim that she was in the midst of taking a “daredevil selfie” when the accident happened.

Some even state that the youngsters were careless because they visited the beach despite there being numerous warnings against the same.

Not only are these claims uncorroborated, but also they are false and present a version of events which did not take place at all, which only shows the sheer lack of responsibility and ethics displayed by the news channels and media houses concerned.

The articles claim she fell 300ft from the top of a lighthouse after she slipped while taking a selfie. When in reality she was never on a lighthouse, and the she never slipped from said lighthouse and she was not taking a selfie on said lighthouse. The newspaper even got the location wrong, it mentions a different beach.

Actual Events:

Pranita, who was a student of National Law University, Jodhpur, was visiting Gokarna with four of her friends. They were at Kumta beach, and were sitting on some rocks which were about 10-15 feet above sea, when due to unexpected high tide, 3 of the youngsters, including the deceased, were flown away by a giant wave.

Two of them were brought back to the shore by another wave, but the deceased, whose glasses had come off, continued to struggle as she held on to a rock for support she bravely struggled and tried to swim for 45 mins. Unfortunately, she lost her grip, and was carried towards the deeper end of the sea by the waves.

The friends promptly called the Police as well as the Management of the Hotel they were staying at, and proceeded to seek help from the local residents from a nearby village.

However, they could not understand the youngsters’ plea for help, and by the time they did send some help, about forty minutes had already passed and the deceased was out of sight. She was brought back ashore on a boat by some of the local fishermen, and was pronounced dead by the authorities.

Her body was taken for post-mortem and was handed over to her relatives afterwards.

She was an amazing person, extremely intelligent, she was the class topper and represented India and NLUJ at prestigious events such as Jessup, she was kind and warm hearted.

Her batchmates, teachers, seniors and even our Alumni have been rallying on facebook and on twitter, spreading the story of what really happened and contacting government officials (Arun jately among others) to take some action against these newspapers but I doubt they will listen to a hundred students.

Her family has been mourning the loss of their great daughter, the last thing they need is her being mocked and laughed at for dying while taking a selfie.

All we want is that her family is not harassed by untrue depictions of the event which belittle the huge amount of respect that she has earned through her hardwork.

I would request you to please check your facts before publishing such news articles.

This is also a reminder to all of you that everytime you read a story where the victim died in this way might actually just be a cooked up tale.

For Pranita.

Edit: Guys please, if something here offends you then please let me know, but please do not downvote this, we dont want her to be remembered this way, we want to get the true story out.

EDIT: for those who wanted proof COPY OF FIR CORROBORATING THE STORY http://imgur.com/a/s9djo

Above all reproduced from Reddit’s link here.

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  1. the press should be more responsible while reporting the death of a student and refrain from cooking up spicy stories.

  2. it is unfortunate that this matter has been not reported properly.
    may her soul rest in peace!
    there is a lesson for everybody in this sad episode.
    we in India are generally people who do not exercise caution, in most things we do. that is why more than one lakh twenty five thousand people are killed in road accidents in India, year after year, and about ten times more get injured badly.
    similarly many tragic deaths occur in India near water, with electrical wires, and even bath room falls and wet floor slips at home, and so called failed love affairs, failure in examinations, unwanted pregnancies etc
    please everybody exercise care and caution with everything you do. life is precious for you and for those who love you.


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