A post accompanying a video which appears to be of a CCTV recording wherein a man can be seen offering a drugged drink to a woman is being shared with a communal claim stating ‘Muslim boy offered drugged water to a Hindu girl in order to rob the girl’s honor’. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a Muslim man offering drugged drink to a Hindu girl.
Fact: This is scripted video made for informative purpose, which is clearly mentioned at the end of the video. This video was initially shared by actress Hamsa Nandini. There are many such informative videos on her Facebook page. Moreover, there is no mention of the religious identities of the couple in the video. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
At the end of this viral video, it is categorically mentioned that it is a scripted video created for informative purposes. Further, using keyword search we found that the video was initially shared by actress Hamsa Nandini on her Facebook page on 18 October 2020.
Even the actress shared the video with the same cautionary message displayed at the end of the viral video, which reads ‘thank you for watching! Please be aware that this page features scripted dramas and parodies as well. These short films are for educational purposes only!’. Also, there are many such informative videos related to social issues and crimes on the actress’s Facebook page.
Moreover, neither the viral video nor the video shared by the actress mentions the religious identities of the couple. By this, we can infer that the video is made to caution women about such incidents so that they can be vigilant. We can conclude that the video is being shared intentionally attributing a communal narrative.
To sum it up, a scripted video shot for an informative purpose is shared as real, attributing a communal spin.