In a bizarre incident, a woman who was allegedly abandoned by her husband three years ago, found him on TikTok video in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.
Suresh, who has two children with Jayapradha, left their house in 2016. His wife lodged a complaint after enquiring with their relatives and searching for him at different places. The police registered an FIR but there were no further developments to the case.
Just days ago, one of Jayapradha’s relatives stumbled upon a TikTok video wherein she recognised the man as Suresh. She immediately informed Jayapradha who rushed to the Villupuram Police Station.
Upon inquiry, Suresh stated that he left home after a family quarrel and didn’t wish to return. He also told police that he was in a relationship with a transwoman but has now agreed to return to his family.
This is the first time TikTok has come to the rescue in finding a missing person.
A few months ago, the Madras High Court had ordered a ban on TikTok, citing concerns of child safety. Before this, Tamil Nadu’s MLA Thamimun Ansari had also sought a ban on the app due to prominence of obscene content, to which the state government had agreed to enforce a ban. However, in reality, politicians were also upset about the number of videos on the app mocking them. On April 24, Madras HC lifted the ban on further downloads of TikTok.