Clarifying the air about the National Law University Jodhpur student Pranita Mehta’s death, a close friend of the deceased said that her friend was swept away by high tides while she was sitting on a rock at the Kumta beach in Karnataka’s Gokarna on the morning of May 29. She added that news reports claiming that the 21-year-old slipped from the rock while clicking a ‘perfect selfie’ on the top of a 300-metre tall light house was not true.
A number of news reports are doing the rounds on the death of a fourth-year student of the National Law University, Jodhpur. Websites, publications and Media houses have published stories such as ‘Perfect-selfie’ kills Jodhpur law student at Gokarna beach , Girl taking selfie falls into sea, dies.
But that is not how it happened! Someone known to Pranita has written about the whole incident and has expressed shock and sorrow on how the media has made a complete mockery of her friend’s untimely and sad death! As Roshni says in the comments – Various news agencies were contacted to retract the false reports. Some have, some haven’t!
The real story as shared by Pranita’s friend on Reddit is:
Pranita, who was a student of National Law University, Jodhpur, was visiting Gokarna with four of her friends. They were at Kumta beach, and were sitting on some rocks which were about 10-15 feet above sea, when due to unexpected high tide, 3 of the youngsters, including the deceased, were flown away by a giant wave. Two of them were brought back to the shore by another wave, but the deceased, whose glasses had come off, continued to struggle as she held on to a rock for support she bravely struggled and tried to swim for 45 mins. Unfortunately, she lost her grip, and was carried towards the deeper end of the sea by the waves. The friends promptly called the Police as well as the Management of the Hotel they were staying at, and proceeded to seek help from the local residents from a nearby village. However, they could not understand the youngsters’ plea for help, and by the time they did send some help, about forty minutes had already passed and the deceased was out of sight. She was brought back ashore on a boat by some of the local fishermen, and was pronounced dead by the authorities. Her body was taken for post-mortem and was handed over to her relatives afterwards.
The friend has gone on to say how Pranita was an achiever in her own right. Like any other girl of her age with lots of energy, Pranita was full of life.
She was an amazing person, extremely intelligent, she was the class topper and represented India and NLUJ at prestigious events such as Jessup, she was kind and warm hearted.
Here she is winning at the Jessup15 while representing India.
Pranita Mehta, the achiever – [Top 16 + the Hardy C. Dillard Award (4th Place) (just announced) + the Alona E. Evans Award (3rd Place)
Best team everrr! #Jessup2015]
It is humble request to Media, please Don’t Mock a Girl in her Death.She represents us all in some way. Even those in media, who either wilfully or because of utter laziness did not report the news correctly and gave it a sensational twist! Imagine how it would impact the parents and those near and dear to her.