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Viral report spreads inaccurate claims of Seema Haider’s suicide


A viral post accompanying a news report about Seema Haider’s suicide is going viral on social media platforms. The viral report claims that she committed suicide by jumping into a river and that many political leaders including UP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended her funeral.  Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: Seema Haider committed suicide by jumping into a river.

Fact: No credible reports support the assertion of Seema Haider’s suicide. Recent news coverage of her makes no mention of such an incident. The channel that shared this video has a history of circulating factually unreliable reports about her. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

The viral news report asserts that Seema Haider, a Pakistani woman who entered India without proper authorization to marry her Indian partner, took her own life by leaping into a river. However, there is no credible report of such an incident. If such an event had occurred, it would have been reported all major media houses owing to the coverage about her.

Furthermore, the viral report alleges that Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister had participated in her funeral. Once more, this assertion lacks credibility. The Facebook account that disseminated the viral news report had previously shared unsubstantiated information about Seema Haider. Recent media coverage of her can be viewed here and here. It’s worth noting that none of these reports make any reference to her suicide, thereby discrediting the accuracy of the viral news.

Additionally, the viral content bears a watermark that reads ‘Prajapati Bhai.’ Following this clue, a search on YouTube led us to discover a YouTube channel with the same name. This channel hosts several reports concerning Seema Haider, yet none of them are substantiated by factual evidence. For instance, a few days ago, the channel reported that Seema Haider had passed away, but according to their most recent report, she was hospitalized due to stomach pain. These inconsistencies strongly suggest that this channel is disseminating unreliable information about Seema Haider, just to get some views.

To sum it up, a viral report spreads inaccurate claims of Seema Haider’s suicide.


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