Date: 14 April 2020
In Lohardaga, rumours started mongering about a particular community that they are spreading the novel Coronavirus. Tensions started rising in villages like Jingi, Itra, Kakargarh and Chandlaso in the Kuru block. WhatsApp has played the culprit here, fake messages started flowing in the villages. Because of the SHG members and community resource persons in these villages, immediate action was taken. A team of people including the Block Development Officer (BDO), Police Station Incharge, PRADAN professionals along with Panchayat Mukhiya and SHG Federation leaders immediately went from village to village to assuage the villagers. Meetings were conducted with community leaders and the ward members to create awareness and stop the spread of rumours.