By: Javid Amin
Before one joins that WhatsApp group or accepts an invitation, it’s crucial to pose a fundamental question: What does one stand to gain from this group? Is it entertainment, networking with like-minded individuals, business opportunities, or something else entirely? Remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The price paid might be time, attention, or, in the worst-case scenario, peace of mind.
Indeed, a few months ago, a close friend of mine received an invitation to join a group that seemed relevant to their business pursuits. They thought it would be an avenue for informative conversations and insights. Little did they know that lurking behind the digital veil was a dangerous trap waiting to ensnare them.
In the midst of participating in these discussions, my friend encountered a shocking incident involving a well-known property owner who swindled them out of hard-earned resources. Frustrated by this unjust event, they decided to share their experience on the WhatsApp group. Their intention was to alert fellow business owners and prevent them from falling into the same trap.
Soon enough, the repercussions began to unfold. An admin from the group contacted my friend and demanded that they remove the post and issue an apology. My friend stood their ground and recounted the entire ordeal, providing supporting evidence to substantiate their claims. Thankfully, the admin eventually saw the truth and advised them to carry on.
However, the story took an unexpected turn. A stranger claiming to be from the Tourist Police Station contacted my friend, using aggressive language and tactics. After explaining the situation, the tone shifted slightly, but the shadow of potential legal trouble still loomed. Wanting to avoid further complications, my friend agreed to the stranger’s demands, hoping that this would bring an end to the matter.
To their astonishment, the saga escalated yet again. This time, a call came from the local police station. The stern voice on the other end ordered my friend to report to the station. Knowing that they were on solid ground, armed with evidence and ready to defend themselves, they complied.
Upon arrival at the police station, my friend was treated like a seasoned criminal with a rap sheet longer than their arm. The very person who had contacted them earlier, claiming to be an officer, turned out to be the complainant seeking to intimidate them. In the station, amidst the bureaucratic maze, they stood their ground, presenting their case before the incharge.
After considerable discussion, the incharge began to see the truth in my friend’s account. However, certain members of the police team, including one with familial ties to the accuser, persisted in trying to incriminate my friend. Yet, the incharge, swayed by their evidence and argument, ruled in their favor and suggested settling the matter outside the police station.
The ordeal was far from over. Outside the station, the relative of the accuser issued veiled threats, leaving my friend with no choice but to acquiesce. They were coerced into signing a document filled with hollow apologies, just to bring the nightmare to an end.
In summation, the lessons learned from this harrowing experience are clear: tread cautiously on social media, particularly within groups and discussions. If one does decide to engage, be prepared to face unexpected challenges and even confrontations. It’s vital to have a strong support network, a “godfather” figure who can assist in times of need. Remember, what may seem like harmless online interactions can quickly turn into dangerous entanglements with real-life consequences.