As Covid-19 cases arise, so do myths about coronavirus treatment. From onion to stone salt and tea to beef, Indians daily suggest daily treatments for the disease, which kills more than 4,000 people and infects no less than 400,000 cases a day.
The PIB Fact Check Center is full of such claims from all sites and locations in the country. On average, four to five false pieces of information is advertised on social media every day.
MyGovMythBusters did the same.
Even during the first Covid-19 wave, legends and counterfeit medicine led the government to press its wings with the Press Information Bureau opposing the tragedy by asking people to be aware of the dangers of clicking on the coronavirus information.
One similar myth about cow dung and piss being used as a remedy to cure Covid-19 has led such amid a crisis of being in jail.
Journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem Arrested for Speaking About Cow Dung and urine as remedies for the Covid-19 cure… Sparks Outrage!
‘Cow dung, cow piss didn’t work’: he says, will try eating fish now’ Journalist’s comment after BJP leader’s death leads to arrest.
Manipur police arrested journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem on Monday and activist Erendro Leichombam under National Security Act for his or her Facebook post following the death of BJP leader, once they said the saffron party should now stop advertising cow piss as a Covid 19 treatment.
The Imphal court had granted them bail earlier within the day, but before they were released, the govt used the National Security Act.
Both men were arrested on 13th May for posting on Facebook, a complaint was filed against them alleging that Wanghkem and Leichombam insulted Manipur Bharatiya Janata Party official Saikhom Tikendra Singh, who died of coronavirus-related complications on the very day, consistent with The Indian Express.
The complaint was lodged or filed by BJP Deputy President Usham Deban Singh and Secretary-General P Premananda Meetei.
Manipur’s BJP President, Saikhon Tikendra Singh, his last breaths were defeated by COVID-19 on Thursday, and after his death, Wangkhem wrote,
“Santhi Sanyung na yadrabo, oh !!! RIP #Rashikang_Kangyet Hayeng nga chaani. “(Cow’s piss didn’t work. An unfounded argument. Tomorrow I’ll eat fish.)
Wangkhem’s comments come in the wake of various allegations by various leaders emphasizing the effectiveness of cow dung and cow piss against COVID-19.
His post was found to be insensitive to BJP general secretary Premananda Meetei and BJP vice-president Usham Deban, who lodged a complaint with the police that led to Wangkhem getting arrested.
However, his arrest saved the anger among the citizens of the cyber world or every practice on social media who came across the scandal created by the journalist, because he was playing a really dangerous myth.
Many said his arrest was baseless, and at a similar time, Leichombam had stated during a post that cow dung and urine weren’t a coronavirus remedy and conveyed words of condolence over the death of the BJP leader. “The solution is science and common or very basic social sense,” he wrote.
In its order, the court had criticized the police and said that the police shouldn’t arrest an individual under section 41 of the Criminal Procedure Code before he could “satisfy” himself for the explanations for his arrest.
This section deals with police arrests that will be made without issuing a warrant. The court said police had to elucidate the explanations for his arrest and warned that failure to comply would require action by the department and a court case.
Police earlier in 2018 also filed a National Security Act against Wangkhem after they posted a Facebook video criticizing Manipur Prime Minister N Biren Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This is the second time Mr Wangkhem, age-41, has been prosecuted for the national security act. The BJP-led government in Manipur had pressured him with charges of sedition under the NSA in 2018 after his alleged arrest was posted on social media criticizing Manipur Prime Minister N Biren Singh.