Scrolling down Facebook all day, we see a lot of posts, some funny, some informative, some with a strong social message. Either way, we read a lot of things on the internet, and most of the time, without verifying the facts, proceed to share, like and comment on it!

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It’s scary how a simple like and share from each of us can join up to make a particular news “trending”, with no surety of its truth! And that is exactly what happened to 50-year-old policeman Salim PK. Remember that video of a “drunk” cop in a Delhi Metro that went viral last year? Well, it turns out, he wasn’t drunk, Mr Salim had actually suffered a violent stroke, leaving a part of his body completely paralysed!

The video, apparently showing Salim trying to find his way around the coach in a seemingly ‘drunken’ stupor, garnered more than 2 lakh hits, sparking primetime TV debates and making front page news! In spite of Salim repeatedly insisting he wasn’t drunk, he was suspended from duty.

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Now for what actually happened. Salim, a dedicated police officer, had suffered a major stroke 3 years ago. A blockage in his brain had caused a brain haemorrhage, leaving him with a paralysed left side, a contorted face, memory loss, body weakness, and difficulty communicating normally. Repeatedly having to be hospitalised and suffering occasional seizures, he was on medication with regular medical check-ups.

The evening of August 19, 2015, Salim felt sick at work, but decided to stay on till duty ended at 9.30pm. He had already put in long hours and not taken his medicines the previous day.
After boarding the metro, Salim suffered a new black-out, feeling so dizzy that he couldn’t even locate the doors of the train. Swinging from side to side inside the coach, he completely lost his balance and came crashing down on the floor, when it came to a halt at the Azadpur station. But little did he know that someone would make a video of the entire incident and that he would soon make headlines as the drunk cop who boarded the Delhi metro.

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It wasn’t until a lot later, that a report by the Daily Mail, quoting a medical report, revealed that Salim was actually not drunk, but suffering from partial paralysis. His suspension was withdrawn and he was reinstated in the force on November 5, 2015, along with an apology from the Police department, declaring his suspension period as “spent on duty”. But the damage had already been done by then. Salim had become a subject of ridicule among his colleagues and neighbours, receiving a barrage of phone calls and embarrassing queries from relatives and friends in Delhi and even from his hometown in Kerala! Salim’s wife had gone into depression, suffering a heart attack within one month of the video going viral. Salim has now approached the Supreme Court asking for compensation for his defamation in social media which has “irreparably maligned his image in the eyes of the public”.

In another case of the social media becoming the judge, jury, and executioner, it’s honestly appalling to see how quick we are to judge and label someone like this, without even the slightest effort of figuring out the truth to what we see on the internet!

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