Guns and poses (Bride and groom arrested Two days after marriage)

Guns and poses (Bride and groom arrested Two days after marriage)

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Guns and poses
(Bride and groom arrested Two days after marriage)
  A newly wedded couple in Nagaland was arrested for posing with “illegal arms” in their wedding dresses after the photo shot went viral on social media networking sites. The sophisticated weapons the new couple posed with for a photo shot are AK 56 and M-16 assault rifles belonging to the NSCN-Unification group currently under ceasefire and peace talk with the centre. It is almost part of a present day wedding that newly wedded couples go for a photo session after the wedding ceremony. It is also almost a part of society behavior today that a lot of unauthorized cameramen in any given situation take pictures and videos from their handheld camera attached smart phones. In a way there is no harm in taking pictures and videos as long as the person (s) concerned don’t object to it. But nobody is ever authorized to post any type of pictures or video clips in social media platforms that may unnecessarily land somebody in trouble. This is a lesson many have not learnt so far. The couple here must have innocently posed with the guns belonging to the groom’s father who happen to be a ‘Kilo Kilonser’ (minster) in the Naga armed faction authorized by the outfit to be kept at his residence for his self protection. The person who took the photo here may have just shared with his friends or relatives not with a bad intention but most probably for the fun side only little knowing that such a “play” would land the new couple almost spending a brief honeymoon in jail. This incident got published even in the national print media. The viral photo also exhibits the growing gun culture in the present day militancy affected societies in the north eastern states of the country where automatic weapons are plenty like any purchasable commodity in a grocery shop.
Though the bride and the groom were arrested after the photo went viral on social media but the good news is that they were released the same day after signing PR bail bond, required by the criminal procedure code. The fact known to everybody including the government authority is that the weapons with which the newly married couple posed is not theirs and that the photo shot was just an extension of the wedding photographic session. This must have made things easier; otherwise lock-up would have been inevitable for them. The blame here should not be with the ones posing with unauthorized guns but with the one who shared the photo and made it go viral in social media. Wrong use of social media and its adverse consequences is a much focused subject every responsible individual or media dealt today. Now that some people have started tasting the bitter consequences part of being self styled photographers and journalists, more such could keep face trouble unless awareness in this regard is spread. News may be true or a photo may be genuine but they should not just be shared in social media platforms if it’s going to create problem. Individual wisdom alone is required to discern what post/share or not to post/share.