Teenager duo held for making videos on TikTok app

Teenager duo held for making videos on TikTok app
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The duo was produced before a local magistrate and let off with a warning on Monday

Two teenagers were temporarily arrested and charged for recording a Kiki challenge-type video using the TikTok mobile application at Udupi railway station on Sunday. The boys were sent away with a warning on Monday. Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, the app allows users to create short videos and then share them online. The Madras high court had ordered the Centre to ban the app, expressing apprehension over "pornographic and inappropriate content".

The boys and their friends were recording a dance video with Mangaluru-Goa express train moving in the background, according to railway police. "The incident took place around 10am on Sunday when a group of amateur dancers arrived at the railway station after their performance in Udupi. As the train started to move, the boys started to dance on the platform and were recording the act using TikTok app," police added.

Railway Protection Force officials labeled the act unsafe and hazardous. "They risked their lives to record a dance video like 'Kiki challenge', a dance challenge which had gone viral recently," they said. "We arrested them and registered a case as their performance violated the Railways Act, 1989," they added.

"According to the Act, any individual who creates nuisance indulges in acts of indecency and risks one's life is punishable," police further said.

Duo made to pay fine

"The duo was produced before a local magistrate and let off with a warning on Monday. They were asked to pay a fine of Rs 700 and strict instructions were issued asking them to delete the video and not to upload the same," told the RPF officials.

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