“Wink like Priya Varrier and you will be debarred, Coimbatore college tells students!” This was the headline of an article published by the English language daily Times of India on March 18, which was later withdrawn. According to the report, VLB Janakiammal College in Coimbatore, TN has issued a circular which says that girls who are found winking like actress Priya Varrier will be debarred for one year.

The article talks about the circular which states that faculty members have complained about female students ‘imitating the viral eye winks of Ms. Priya Prakash Varrier’.  It further says that CCTV cameras have been installed in all classrooms to monitor such behaviour. The circular has been posted below.

This image of the document was floating on social media, with a number of users posting and sharing it, believing it to be true. It also raised doubts among some users.

This news was given credence to by no less a publication than Times of India, but as it turned out, the circular was fake. VLB Janakiammal College, Coimbatore has confirmed through a Facebook post on March 18 that no such circular has been issued. It also added that a circular had been issued in January 2018 in which students were informed that henceforth, fresh juices would be served on campus in place of soft drinks.

This the original version and the only version.
Pls note that it was issued on 24/1/2017.
There are no other…

Posted by VLBJ College of Arts & Science on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Moreover, if you look at the circular, it is dated January 24, 2018 whereas Priya Varrier’s teaser for her upcoming movie became famous in February, 2018. Also, a closer look at this circular reveals that the original document has been tampered with. In the space where the text has been printed, an outline of a rectangle can be seen which suggests that the original text has been replaced. Boomlive in an article had pointed this out.

A Twitter user @beastoftraal too brought this to the notice of social media users.

The article has now been removed from the Times of India website and cannot be accessed any more.

This is not the first time that prominent media organisations have missed a step when it comes to reporting news. The report was published without verifying its authenticity and later retracted, when a preliminary check would have sufficed.

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4 Comments on "Times of India publishes fake story on college circular about Priya Prakash Varrier"

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Maha
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There was another “circular” from the same college that did the rounds on WhatsApp a few months ago. You can find that in an image search on Google. You will find that the paper has the same textures and folds and crumples as the new one!! An obvious giveaway. Keep up the good work. Regards and have a good day.

A J
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I am waiting about the fake messages and posts regarding Congress appointed Cambridge Analytica to profile 50 Cr voters based on their FB posts.

Rakesh Agrawal
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I am ashamed to find that the so-called national newspaper, the ToI has fallen to the muck and spreading dirt and sitting in the lap of the RSS, bloody lousy godi media!

xyz
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TOIlet paper.