Child Lifting Rumours: Mob Violence in India
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Incident No.DateTitle and DescriptionCauseStateDistrictVillage/Town/CityNo. of VictimsNames of VictimsGenderDeathsMajor AssaultsMinor InjuriesCause (Attackers)Action TakenState Party (at the Time)Local Party (at the Time)Sources
12018-07-28A mentally unstable man has allegedly been lynched in Madhya Pradesh’s tribal-dominated Dindori district. The mob suspected him to be a child-lifter or a kidney thief. So far, 10 men have been arrested and booked for murder and destruction of evidence.Rumours But Not Social MediaDindori
Madhya Pradesh
Samanpur1Not knownMale1Local Mob10 people arrested so farBJP
22018-07-234 Women, Suspected Of Child Kidnapping, Assaulted By Mob In West Bengal. The incident took place at Dawkimari village in Dhupguri block and is the fourth one this month so far in the district in which people were attacked following suspicion of being child-lifters. The incident happened possibly on July 28 at a village in Samanpur (470 km from Bhopal) when the unidentified man’s body which was slowly decomposing was spotted floating in a well on August 1. SuspicionWest BengalJalpaiguriDawkimari village in Dhupguri block4Not KnownFemale4Local MobNo arrests yet, several people charged in previous incidentTMC
32018-07-21Driven to frenzy by a WhatsApp rumour on child lifters, a mob in Singrauli's Morwa region lynched a young woman on Saturday.The woman, believed to be about 25 years old, is yet to be identified WhatsApp Rumours
Madhya Pradesh
SingrauliMorwa1Not KnownFemale1Local MobA dozen suspects have been booked for the lynching.BJP
42018-07-13Techie killed half-an-hour after WhatsApp message about ‘child-lifters in red car’. Police have traced the WhatsApp message to one of the villagers - one Manoj Patil, who has been found to be the administrator of a dozen WhatsApp groups, and therefore was able to relay the message everywhere. 1 of the 4 victims was killed, while the other 3 were seriously injured.WhatsApp RumoursKarnatakaBidarMurki4Mohammed Azam Ahmed (32), Noor Mohammed (30) Mohammed Salman (20), Salham Eidal Kubaisi (38).Male13Villagers30 have been arrested so far.INC + JDU
52018-07-13Suspected Child Lifter Beaten By Mob; Message Delcaring her To Be One announced on LoudspeakerWhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduMadurai1Not KnownFemale1Local MobNothing So FarAIADMK
62018-07-06Army, cops rescue three from lynching by 100-strong mob in Assam after rumours of child liftingSocial Media RumoursAssamDima hasaoMahur railway station3Three SadhusThree Males3Local MobNoneBJP
72018-07-05Mangaluru man travelling with own kid attacked as mob thought he was a kidnapperSocial Media RumoursKarnatakaMangaluruBelthangady1Kaleed (30)Male1Local MobNo Complaint Registered.Congress
82018-07-04Bihar youth attacked in Tiruvallur on suspicion being Child-LifterRumours But Not Social MediaTamil NaduMelnalathur.Periyar Nagar 1Not KnownMale1No Complaint Registered.AIADMK
92018-07-03Two thrashed in Manipur on suspicion of being child-liftersWhatsApp RumoursManipurKangpokpiChamphai and Saikul2Not KnownTwo Males2Local MobNone so farBJP
102018-07-02Driver thrashed on child-lift suspicionSocial Media RumoursWest BengalBirbhumBolpur1Sukdeb Majhi (40)Male1Local MobCase filed against Sukhdeb for child liftingTMC
112018-07-01Now, group of 5 saved from being lynched in MalegaonRumours But Not Social MediaMaharashtraNashikMalegaon5Gajanan Hiray (30), his wife Sindhu (28), their two-year-old son, Yogesh Wani (30) and Ansuya Wani (30)
Three males, two females
23Local Mob250 people booked for attempt to murderBJP
122018-07-01Chennai: Two Migrant Workers Thrashed Over Suspicion of Being Child AbductorsWhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduChennai2Not KnownTwo Males2Local MobOne arrestedAIADMK
132018-07-015 Men Suspected To Be Child Kidnappers Killed By Maharashtra VillagersWhatsApp RumoursMaharashtraDhuleRainpada5Not KnownFive males5Local MobTwelve arrestedBJP;
142018-07-01Schizophrenic taken to be child-lifter, thrashedSocial Media RumoursAssamDarrangDaipam1Not known (17)Male1Local MobNone so farBJP
152018-06-28Tripura lynching: Hawker from Uttar Pradesh killed, three others injured over suspicion of ‘child-lifting’Social Media RumoursTripuraAgartalaSidhai Mohanpur4Zahir Khan (30), Gulzar Ahmed Khan, Khurshid Khan and Swapan MiyaFour males13Local MobInternet and mobile network suspendedBJP
162018-06-28Man Hired by Tripura Govt to Spread Awareness on Lynching Gets LynchedSocial Media RumoursTripuraSouth TripuraKalachhara1Sukanta Chakrabarty (33)Male1Local MobInternet and mobile network suspendedBJP
172018-06-28An unidentified woman was lynched and another injured when she along with four men was moving in a vehicle at Bishalgarh in Sipahijala district on ThursdaySocial Media RumoursTripuraBishalgarhSipahijala1Not KnownFemale11Local MobNoneBJP
182018-06-28Migrant labourer from Uttar Pradesh lynched by young men in Onnalvadi, on suspicion of being ‘potential child kidnapper’.Suspicion
Tamil NaduHosurOnnalvadi1Not KnowmMale1Local MobSeven arrestedAIADMK
192018-06-27Four held in Trichy for attacking man on suspicion of being child lifterWhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduTiruchirappalli1V Ramesh (30)Male1Local MobFour arrestedAIADMK
202018-06-26Another Thrashed In Madhya Pradesh Over Child-Lifting RumoursSocial Media Rumours
Madhya Pradesh
Singrauli1Rambharose (38)Male1Local MobNone so farBJP
212018-06-26Woman Killed In Gujarat By Mob On Suspicion Of Child LiftingSocial Media RumoursGujaratAhmedabad1Shanti MarwadiFemale1Local MobNone so farBJP
222018-06-25Four from Maharashtra thrashed over child-lifting rumourRumours But Not Social MediaGujaratRajkotBhayavadar4Puja Vithalbhai, Puja Patil, Rekha Angle, and Narsinh
Three females, One male
4Local MobNoneBJP
232018-06-2432 year-old man killed over child-lifting rumours. WhatsApp RumoursTelanganaNalgondaJiyapally1Nimmala BalakrishnaMale1Local MobSix arrestedTRS
242018-06-22Man Suspected To Be Child Lifter Lynched In Chattisgarh Rumours But Not Social MediaChattisgarhSarguja districtMendrakla village1Not Known (around 40)Male 1Local Mob10 arrestedBJP
252018-06-21Duo suspected to be child lifters thrashed in OkhaWhatsApp RumoursGujarat
Devbhoomi Dwarka
Okha2Not KnownTwo Males2Local MobSixteen booked for attempt to murder, rioting and assaultBJP
262018-06-16Mob lynching: Man beaten to death in West BengalWhatsApp RumoursWest BengalEast MidnaporeTamluk1Sanjay Chandra (36)Male1Local MobFour arrestedTMC
272018-06-14Woman killed on suspicion of being a child-lifter in Dima HasaoSuspicionAssamDima hasaoHaflong1Not knownFemale11Local MobSeven arrestedBJP
282018-06-13An unidentified man suspected of being a child-lifter was allegedly tied to an electricity post and beaten to death by a mob in Bengal’s Malda district on WednesdayRumours but not Social MediaWest BengalMaldaBulbulchandi-Dubapara1Not KnownMale1Local MobThree arrestedTMC
292018-06-13Three accosted on suspicion of Xupadhora (Child Abductors) in LakhimpurSuspicionAssamLakhimpurBolsola3Zarir Uddin, Abdul Aziz and Abdul HoqueThree males3Local MobNone so far.BJP
302018-06-12Mentally Challenged Man Chased, Thrashed On Child Theft SuspicionSuspicionOdishaDhenkanalKantapal1Not KnownMale1Local MobNoneBJD
312018-06-10A man sustained serious injuries after he had been thrashed by angry locals on suspicion of being a child lifter at Lingaraj Munda slum near Koliari area, Chattisgarh, on late Sunday night, the 10th of June.SuspicionChattisgarhAngulKoliari1Not KnownMale1Local MobNone so far.BJP
322018-06-082 Men, Abhijeet Nath (28) and Nilotpal Das (29) were lynched by a 100-strong mob, in Panjuri Kachhari Village in Assam, on the suspicion that they were child abductors.WhatsApp RumoursAssamDokmokaPanjuri Kachhari2Abhijeet Nath (28) Nilotpal Das (29)Male, Male2Local Mob18 people arrested so farBJP;
332018-06-05Another attack in TN due to fake WhatsApp texts: Duo mistaken for child abductors, thrashedWhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduSalemGangavalli2Not Known Male, Female2Local MobFour arrestedAIADMK
342018-06-01A North-Indian man, part of a 3-strong group, was reportedly assaulted and killed by locals in Tamil Nadu on the 1st of June, 2018 on the suspicion that they were Child Abductors. At a time when the rumours of such child lifters were in strong circulation across the state, the people in the area noticed that there were three men roaming around in their locality, who did not appear to be from around the area. Their suspicions gathered more traction, when the group refused to answer their question, as they were unable to communicate in Tamil. Only one of the three men was held, as the rest managed to escape. WhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduKrishnagiriOnnalvadi1Not known (Age is suspected to be around 35)Male1Local MobNone so far.AIADMK
352018-05-289 Migrant Workers attacked at Mathur in Villupuram district, Tamil nadu, on the pretext that they're Child Abductors.WhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduVillupuram Mathur9Not knownNot Known9Local MobThe Kachirapalayam police have registered a case against 50 unidentified youths of Mathur village.AIADMK
362018-05-28A non-Odia youth was thrashed by the locals after they judged him to be a Child Lifter. He was later handed over to the Police, who found him to be 'mentally sick'. The victim told the Police that he hgailed from Raipur, Chattisgarh.SuspicionOdishaNuapadaJharahi1Mahesh SahuMale1Local MobNone so far.BJD
372018-05-28A bunch of Nomads, belonging to a larger group residing in the premises of the Sambunath Government High School, Odisha, were beaten up by locals from the area who suspected them to be Child-lifters. When some of them had set out to extract honey, they were noticed by the locals, who saw a group of 3, with one of them holding a knife and the rest being minors. Thinking it was reasonable suspicion, locals decided they had to correct the situation themselves, and beat the nomads up.Social Media RumoursOdishaBalasore21.486934Not KnownNot KnownNot KnownNot KnownNot Known (local residents)None so far.BJD
382018-05-27Watch: Mentally challenged man thrashed by mob on suspicion of being child kidnapperRumours But Not Social MediaTelanganaHyderabadKachiguda1Not knownMale1Local MobNone so farTDP
392018-05-26The Police rescued three women from a mob targeting them on account of suspicion about them being Child Lifters, at Whitefield in Bangalore.WhatsApp RumoursKarnatakaBangaloreWhitefield3Not Knownthree females3Local MobNothing so far Congress
402018-05-26A mob comprising nearly 200 people stoned 4 transgenders, over the fear that they might be Child Lifters. Two of them were grievously injured in the attack, and one of them died subsequently. WhatsApp RumoursTelanganaHyderabadChandrayanagutta4Chandriah (one who died), the rest not known.
Four Transgenders
112Local Mob25 people have been taken into custodyTDP
412018-05-26A woman suspected of being a ‘child-lifter’ was thrashed black and blue at Balang Square on Soro-Anandapur Road in Balasore district. A video of the woman being thrashed and stripped went viral on Whatsapp.Social Media RumoursOdishaBalasoreBalang Square1Not KnownFemale1Local MobNone so far.BJD
422018-05-25In the early hours of Sunday, residents of Kusadhipa village in Ganjam district thrashed a member of a gang of thieves suspecting him to be a child-lifter. Five of his accomplices managed to escape. The police rescued the injured youth and admitted him to Khallikote hospital.Social Media RumoursOdishaGanjamKusadhipa1Not KnownMale1Local MobNone so far.BJD
432018-05-25Youth from Andhra Pradesh was manhandled after he was suspected of being a child-lifter at Vijaynagar village under the Gania police station limits in Nayagarh district.Social Media RumoursOdishaNayagarhVijayanagar1Not KnownMale1Local MobNone so far.BJD
442018-05-25woman attacked by a mob on suspicion that she was a child trafficker at Rapalle Railway Station.Suspicion
Andhra Pradesh
GunturRepalle1Not KnownFemale1Local MobNone so far.Telugu Desam Party
452018-05-25Three persons (all homeless, two mentally-challenged) were thrashed by locals on suspicion of them being Childlifters. Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
GunturBapatla1Rajesh SimonMale1Local MobFire arrestedTelugu Desam Party
Mentally challenged and homeless person beaten by a mob, police suspect Childlifting rumours at play.
Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
1Gautam SahooMale1Local MobNone so far.Telugu Desam Party
472018-05-24Villagers of Mathaput mistook a youth, who was roaming on the streets in Damanjodi area, as a child abductor and thrashed him. Later, the mob handed over the youth, who hails from West Bengal, to the police. Police said the youth, who is undergoing treatment in a hospital now, had come to Damanjodi to work in a hotel.Social Media RumoursOdishaJeyporeMahaput1Not KnownMale 1Local MobNone so far.BJD
482018-05-24Three persons hailing from Bihar sustained minor injuries after they were assaulted by locals of Nandapur. All of them are hawkers selling stationery items in the villages. On being informed, police rushed to the village and rescued themSocial Media RumoursOdishaJeyporeNandapur3Not KnownNot Known3Local MobNone so far.BJD
492018-05-24A man from Andhra Pradesh was assaulted by locals at Koraput town as a result of the locals suspecting him to be a child kidnapper.
Social Media RumoursOdishaJeyporeKoraput1Not KnownNot Known1Local MobNone so far.BJD
502018-05-24Seven youths from Tamil Nadu were beaten up near Gate Bazar in Berhampur on Saturday night by a mob which suspected them of being child-lifters. The attackers became suspicious after the youths could not answer questions related to their identity. The police came to their rescue and admitted them to a hospital.Social Media RumoursTamil NaduBerhampurGate Bazaar7Not Known7Local MobNone so far.AIADMK
512018-05-23Two men are seen dragging a man through the streets of Chamrajpet in Bengaluru while mercilessly beating him up. The victim, Kaluram Bin Bachanram, 26, was covered in blood and had his hands tied by a rope. He was dragged on the road, followed by a mob of local residents who are seen beating him with cricket bats and rods.WhatsApp RumoursKarnatakaBangaloreChamrajpet1Kaluram Bin Bachanram, 26Male1Local MobSo far, 14locals have been arrested.Names: Anbu (26), Vasanth Kumar (32), Gopi (18), Balan (30), Nanda (20), Thirumalesh (28), Rajesh (18) , four women: women: Anusha, 30, Susheela, 37, Indira, 37, and Vani, 41, and 2 minors have been arrested. Congress
522018-05-23The two victims, Majunath (32) and Khemraj Gyawali (30), were out on Wednesday evening, for a movie at a local theatre. Without any alleged provocation, locals started shouting 'child lifters'. The duo escaped with minor injuries after the Police came to their timely rescue.Social Media RumoursKarnatakaBengaluruSiddhartha nagar2Manjunath (32), Khemraj Gyawali (30)Males2Local Mob "No Police Complaint has been registered."Congress
532018-05-22A supermarket clerk was thrashed brutally by mob in the city after people found him to be moving around suspiciously and not a Telugu speaker.Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
1Not KnownMale1Local MobThree arrestedTelugu Desam Party
542018-05-22Lady thrashed after people suspected her of being a child lifter; Rs 1.75 lakh cash found in her bag raising suspicion.Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
Kancharapalem3Bewati Begum (30), Jakir Mani, Nani
Female, Male, Female
3Local MobNone so far.Telugu Desam Party
552018-05-2223 villagers arrested for killing two tribals, suspecting them to be childlifters.Social Media RumoursTelanganaNizamabadChengal2Malavath Devya, Degavath LalooMale11Local MobSix arrestedTRS
562018-05-21A juvenile suspected to be a child-lifter thrashed by the locals.Social Media RumoursOdishaRayagadaJamadai Pentha1Not KnownMale1Local MobNone so far.BJD
572018-05-21A mob of 20 people beat up two beggars in Visalakshinagar and Gajuwaka area of Visakhapatnam. One of them died of severe injuries later.Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
Visalakshinagar and Gajuwaka area2Not KnownNot Known11Local MobNot KnownTDP
582018-05-21Two persons were brutally beaten up by locals on the suspicion of being child lifters at Rayagada town. The victims belong to Uttar Pradesh and Bangladesh respectively.WhatsApp RumoursOdishaRayagada2Not Known (Nationality is known to be from U.P. and Bangladesh respectively)Not Known2Local MobNone so far.BJD
592018-05-20Vigilante groups in Visakhapatnam thrashed 12 people suspecting them to be members of the Parthi Gang involved in kidnapping of children. One person died on the spot and five others were critically injured.Social Media Rumours
Andhra Pradesh
12Not KnownNot Known156Local MobTDP
602018-05-20On Sunday evening, locals mistook a woman, who was roaming on the streets of Majhiguda within Kalyansinghpur police limits, as a child abductor and thrashed her. Later, the mob-handed over the woman, who hails from West Bengal, to police.WhatsApp RumoursOdishaRayagadaMajhiguda1Not known Female1BJD
612018-05-19A Sikh man was attacked by mob of 30-40 people who accused him of being a child abductor, in North Karnataka’s Kalburgi on 19 May. As well as thrashing him, the out-of-control mob removed his turban.Social Media RumoursKarnatakaKulburgi1Alvar SinghMale1Local MobNone so far.Congress
622018-05-16Mentally unsound woman beaten up on suspicion of being part of a child abduction gang which has been operating in Hyderabad-Karnataka region. WhatsApp RumoursKarnatakaRaichur1Not KnownFemale1Local MobNone so far.Congress;
632018-05-14Man on job hunt mistaken for child abductor, thrashed by two in Tamil Nadu Social Media RumoursTamil NaduTiruvallurPeriapalayam1Raju MuthupattuMale1Local MobTwo arrestedAIADMK
642018-05-09A 63 year-old woman named Rukmani, was allegedly lynched by a group of villagers in the Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu, on the suspicion that she was a Child Lifter. The suspicions of the villager concretised when they saw Rukmani hand out chocolates to children in the vicinity, thinking that this is her way of luring them into her trap. 4 of her relatives have also suffered minor injuries.WhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduTiruvannamalai1Rukmani (63), the rest not knownFemale14Local Mob30 people rounded upAIADMK
652018-05-09On the night of May 9, the man was assaulted and hanged from the bridge by a mob of locals, who had believed him to be part of a child-lifting gang they had been warned of on a viral Whatsapp message.WhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduPulicat 1Not known Male1Local Mob20 people rounded up AIADMK
662018-04-29Suspected of attempting to abduct a seven year-old boy, a man was thrashed by a mob in Chinnayan Chathiram, around 60km west of Chennai. After he managed to escpae the Kancheepuram Government Hospital, he was found dead later by locals (near Neervalur, in Kancheepuram) under mysterious circumstances.WhatsApp RumoursTamil NaduChennaiChinnayan Chathiram1Not Known, but age is assumed to be around 40Male1Local MobNone so far.AIADMK
672018-03-01A mob beat up two holy men, on the suspicion that they had tried to abduct a child in Assam's Kamrup district. The duo sustained injuries as the mob beat them and also tried to burn their facesSuspicionAssamKamrup2Not KnownMale, Male2Local MobNone so farBJP
682018-02-07Four people arrested for brutally assaulting a migrant labourer after accusing him of being part of a kidnapping network that targeted young children.Rumours But Not Social MediaKeralaKannurManantheri1ChottuMale1Local MobFour arrestedLDF - led by CPI (M)
692018-02-0325-year-old lynched in Jaipur over child-lifting rumoursSocial Media RumoursRajasthanJaipur1Mohammad Faisal SiddiqueMale1Local MobTwo arrestedBJP
702017-08-21Odisha villagers thrash suspected child lifters in full public viewSuspicionOdishaMayurbhanjKuldihi2Basanti Mohanta (48)Two Males2Local MobNone BJD
712017-06-27Brutal moment disabled woman is tied to a tractor then beaten to death by a mob after FALSE rumours she was a child kidnapperRumours But Not Social MediaWest BengalMurshidabadSikendra10Female1Local MobNone
All India Trinamool Congress
722017-06-16Mentally-challenged brothers beaten up for 'child theft' in OdishaSocial Media RumoursOdishaMayurbhanjBaripada3Not KnownThree males3Local MobNone BJD
732017-06-03Woman thrashed to death on suspicion of child theft in OdishaSocial Media RumoursOdishaMayurbhanjDomuhani1Not KnownFemale1Local MobFour arrestedBJD
742017-05-19Three young men including two brothers and grandmother thrashed on suspicion of being child-lifters Social Media RumoursJharkhandJamshedpurNagadih4Uttam verma, Vikas verma, Gautam verma, Gangesh gupta, Ramchandra Devi
Three males, one female
31Local MobNoneBJP
752017-05-19The incident occurred in Rajnagar block’s Sobhapur village where four Muslim youth, all cattle traders, were cornered and lynched by villagers on suspicion of being child lifters. When police reached to rescue the traders, the villagers attacked and damaged the police van before fleeingWhatsApp RumoursJharkhand
Shobhapur4Mohammad Naeem, 3 unknown Males4Local MobNone BJP
762017-03-07Mob In Pune Mistake 2 Women, Teen To Be Kidnappers, Thrash ThemSocial Media RumoursMaharashtraPuneDehu road3Rekha Jadhav (30), Gajarabai Pawar (60), Teenage girlThree females3Co-passengersNoneBJP
772017-03-08Hasina Shaikh (35), a resident of Bhosari, Pune, who had gone door-to-door offering massages to women and children for a fee, sat down at the station to rest around 2 pm when a group of locals allegedly accosted her and began abusing her. “They claimed I was running a kidnapping racket. I tried to reason with them but they refused to listen. Some women then pounced on me and thrashed me,” she said.Social Media RumoursMaharashtraPuneDehu road1Hasina Shaikh (35)Female1Local MobNoneBJP
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782012Driver suspected to be child lifter, lynched in NawadaSuspicionBiharPatnaNawada1UnidentifiedMale1Local MobFIR filed against unidentified attacker JD (U)
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