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Satirical video shared as arrest of a woman for hoarding curd without paying GST on it

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A news clip is being shared on social media claiming that the Ghaziabad police have taken a woman into custody for hoarding curd without paying GST on it. This post claims that Ghaziabad Police have seized a large bowl of curd from a woman named Kulfi Devi and found her guilty of eating paneer made with the milk on which the GST was unpaid. In the wake of the 47th GST GST Council recommendations proposing the withdrawal of tax exemptions on pre-packed curd and other milk items, this video is being widely shared on social media. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Ghaziabad police arrested a woman for hoarding curd without paying GST on it.

Fact: The video shared is a satirical spoof published by the ‘Fake It India’ YouTube channel on 22 July 2022. ‘Fake It India’ stated that it publishes satirical videos on current events, day to day life situations highlighting the problems faced by the common man living in India. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On observing the video carefully, one could see the ‘Fake It इंडिया’ watermark on the video. When we searched for the details of this video using relevant keywords on the internet, we found the same video published on the ‘Fake It India’ YouTube channel on 22 July 2022. This YouTube channel described it as a satirical or funny video on GST.

A disclaimer provided in the video states, “The video and its contents are fictional and intended to be satirical and humorous. The video is only for entertainment purposes and is not a source of facts or real information. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental or is intended purely as a satire, parody or spoof of such persons and is not intended to communicate any true or factual information about that person. We do not guarantee, vouch for or endorse any of the content or its genuineness and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied relating to the video”.

The description in the ‘About’ section of the ‘Fake It India’ states, “Videos in Fake it India give a funny and satirical take on current events, day to day life situations highlighting the problems faced by common man living in India. Viewers are advised to take these videos with a pinch of salt”. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the video shared in the post is a satire.

To sum it up, a satirical video is being shared as arrest of a woman for hoarding curd without paying GST on it.

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