Too cute to be a cop
Merin Joseph, an IPS trainee, has become an internet sensation after news broke out that she has taken charge as the ACP of Kochi. Known to be too cute to be a cop, her Facebook account was flooded with followers and friend requests.
A cop, who is undergoing training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, has become a victim of social media rumours
Sometimes rumours pop up on the internet. Not very long ago Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet just because there is a picture with a quote next to it.” So let’s take Lincoln’s word for it and decide not to believe every next thing (pun intended). We only wish many Keralites from local Facebook pages also feel the same way.
Merin Joseph, an IPS trainee, has become an internet sensation after news broke out that she has taken charge as the ACP of Kochi. Known to be too cute to be a cop, her Facebook account was flooded with followers and friend requests. But it did not stop there. Many users even complimented her for her good looks and said they wouldn’t mind getting arrested by her. And yes… She became a meme.
Only until she took to Twitter and Facebook and said, “I am not the new ACP of Kochi, Still under training in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. I will update when I get my first charge in January next year. Kindly refrain from believing baseless rumours floating in social media. Thanks.”
While a few were upset that it was all a rumour, many users suggested her to choose Kochi as her first posting. Some said, “We need young , dynamic and inspirational officers like you... no probs.. lead from anywhere in India… We will support...”
A few also empathised with the cop and said, “Cyber bullying is a very real issue in our state today, especially for the womenfolk. It all ends without much trouble for you today, but you might be aware by now of the potential for such bullies to spread false news through social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp. Hope that tackling the issue through stricter cyber law enforcement would be a key priority for you, as it would be beneficial for the public in general also. All the best for your IPS Service.”
This was not the first time that Merin Joseph has been in the news, and looks weren’t the reason back then. In June this year, Merin had led an Indian delegation to the ‘Y20’ Australia summit. She was chosen to lead a four-member team to the summit, the others being one IPS and two IAS trainees.