A social media post accompanying a video of a policeman helping out an elderly man sleeping on the footpath with a blanket and food, is being shared attributing the video to Telangana police. The post claims that the video shows the warmth, love, and empathy of the Telangana police. Through this article, let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video showing Telangana police helping out an elderly man sleeping on footpath with food and blanket.
Fact: This is scripted video created for the awareness. The original and lengthier version of the video was initially shared by an actress and the original video contains a disclaimer at the end saying that it is a scripted video. The disclaimer part from the original video is cropped out and the remaining part is shared as real incident. The video has nothing to do with Telangana police. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
The viral does not show any real incident, but it is a scripted video created for awareness. Facebook search with relevant keywords yielded the lengthier version of the same video on the Facebook page of actor Harika Alekhya.
At the end of the full-length video shared by the actor, a clear disclaimer is displayed saying that it is a scripted video, created for the purpose of educating people. Also, the actor shared the video with an accompanying text which reads ‘Kindly notice that this page consists of parodies and scripted dramas. Everything here is intended for entertainment and informative purpose only’.
Thus from the actor’s post, it is evident that the disclaimer part of the original video is cropped out and the remaining part of the video is being shared as a real incident. Hence, the video has nothing to do with Telangana police.
Lately, there has been a growing trend of few verified accounts and popular actors (here, here, and here) sharing such scripted videos made for educational purposes. However, miscreants are sharing these videos as real incidents by editing out the disclaimer part of the original video which is also the case in this particular video. Sometimes, these scripted videos are also being shared with communal claims. FACTLY has earlier debunked such videos which can be seen here, here, and here.
To sum it up, a scripted video is being shared as Telangana police helping out an elderly man sleeping on a footpath.