- A police report is claimed to have been made when a TikToker danced in front of a forest fire in a video.
- Nosheen Syed, often known as Dolly, has provoked uproar by denying that she ignited the fire.
- The footage was shot in Pakistan, which, like India, is experiencing a catastrophic heat wave.
Pakistani TikTok users are accused of lighting forest fires
Pakistani TikTok users: A dark-haired woman struts in a silver gown as the hills behind her burn in the video. “Fire erupts wherever I am,” she writes in her caption. She and a few other Pakistani TikTok users are now accused of setting fires on purpose to make dramatic backgrounds for their videos.
The fires were started during a heat wave that saw temperatures in some parts of the country reach 124 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Al-Jazeera, Rina Saeed Khan Satti, an environmental activist and chairperson of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, said, “She should have been holding a bucket of water to extinguish the fire instead of glamorizing it.” “The message being sent by these videos is far too dangerous, and it must be contained.”
@DollyOfficiall or Nosheen Syed, the TikToker in the silver dress, has over 11 million TikTok followers. Syed is accused of starting a fire in the Margalla Hills National Park on purpose, in violation of the country’s environmental laws, which she denies.
Syed claims she did not start the fire, according to Al-Jazeera. “There’s no harm in making videos,” her assistant told the publication. However, Syed is one of a number of TikTok users in Pakistan accused of setting fires to post on their social media pages.
According to Vice, several other people have been accused of pulling a similar stunt. A man was arrested in Abbottabad city for setting a fire for a video, and two men posted another video showing them setting a fire and then fleeing while music plays in the background.
“On Tik Tok, this is a disturbing and disastrous trend!” Satti expressed herself on Twitter. “During this hot and dry season, young people desperate for followers are setting fire to our forests!” Those who start wildfires in Australia are sentenced to life in prison. We need to pass legislation similar to this.
To make matters worse, the fires broke out during a deadly heat wave in Pakistan, which saw temperatures reach 124 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas and result in over 1,000 deaths. Forest fires in Pakistan usually happen between mid-April and the end of July. They are caused by high temperatures, lightning, and “slash-and-burn” farming.
However, intentionally setting fires for Tiktok, according to Satti, is beyond the pale.
“These crazy young people need to be caught and locked up right away!” she wrote on Twitter. “If you have any information, please contact @WildlifeBoard.”
She also mentioned that Syed, or Dolly, could face serious consequences as a result of her actions. “Model ‘Dolly,’ who posted an outrageous tik tok video of herself in the middle of a forest fire, is in hot water!” Satti wrote on Twitter.
The Islamabad Police have charged Syed after the deputy director of the Islamabad Capital Development Authority filed a complaint against her, according to the Independent.
The complaint says, “The area where the filming took place is part of Margalla Hills National Park, which has recently reported multiple wildfires that have hurt the ecosystem.”
Syed, on the other hand, maintains that she did not start the fire and that the fire in her video was not even in the Margalla Hills National Park. She claims to have shot the video an hour away from the park, alongside a highway in Haripur, according to Vice. She also shared another video in which a man claims to have set fire to the hills in order to “clear them of snakes.”
Regardless, Pakistani authorities have sent a clear message. Playing with fire is not a good idea. And not just for the sake of online clout.
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