Fake Viral

Scripted video of burqa-clad man kidnapping a child peddled with communal spin

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Social media users are sharing a video that shows a burqa-clad man kidnapping a child before being caught by a person who chased the kidnapper by a car. The video is doing the rounds on social media with a communal spin.

After the kidnapper was nabbed, the child’s mother also reached the spot, and the child revealed that he was lured for chocolates. 

Facto News found the video in question is staged, and the claim is false. 

The misleading claim reads: “बुर्क़े की आड़ में किडनैप #जिहाद *बुर्के की आड़ में क्या-क्या गुल खिलाए जा रहे हैं कैसे-कैसे कामों को अंजाम दिया जाता है खुद ही देख लो”

The Hindi caption in English translates: “Kidnap #Jihad under the guise of a burqa, what is being under the guise of a burqa,  it is for you to see yourself.”

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

An archived version of similar claims can be accessed (here), (here), (here) and (here).

FactO Check:

The post by a user on Facebook has a box suggesting “watch more original videos by Sonu Choudhry Films”.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Taking the cue from this, we checked the timeline of Sonu’s page and found many scripted videos posted on this page. The viral video was posted on 14 July 2022. The video has better resolution, and at a timestamp of 0:40 seconds, a disclaimer states that the video “should be considered for entertainment purpose only.”

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Further, we found the ‘About’ section of this page stating – “Prank video funny videos expose video Sonu Choudhary (sic).”

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

Conclusion:

Therefore, it is evident that the scripted video is being pedalled with a communal spin.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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