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Fact Check: Is This Viral Video Of Beggar Pretending To Be Disabled From India?

Facebook User Sonu Pandit Posted The Video On October 31 With A Sarcastic Caption That Allah's Miracle Cured The Legs Of A Disabled Beggar.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 04 Nov 2019, 01:53:16 PM
Is This Viral Video Of Beggar Pretending To Be Disabled From India?

Is This Viral Video Of Beggar Pretending To Be Disabled From India? (Photo Credit: Screengrab from the video)

New Delhi:

A video of a disabled’ beggar who suddenly starts walking is going viral on social media. The 110 second video shows a man wearing a skull cap crawling through a narrow street. The man was followed by a woman and girl holding babies in their arms, and a young boy.

Who Posted The Video First:

Facebook user Sonu Pandit posted the video on October 31 with a sarcastic caption that Allah’s miracle cured the legs of a disabled beggar. According to the claim made by Pandit, the video is from New Delhi.  

FACT CHECK:

When our Fact Check team in News Nation started examining the video, we found that the claim along with the video is misleading. This particular video is not from India but Pakistan.

Till the filing of this story, the video has already been viewed by over 6.33 lakh users and shared more than 20,000 times. Pakistani-Canadian columnist Tarek Fateh also re-tweeted a similar misleading post.

HOW WE PROBE THE VIDEO:

With the help of InVID tool, we found the viral video on a YouTube channel called Story Corner’. As per this channel, the video is from Pakistan. It uploaded the video in March last year.

 

A news report by Divya Bhaskar published in January 2019 also says that the incident, captured on CCTV, took place in Pakistan’s Lahore.

By using related keywords, we also found a report by Pakistani channel Dunya News, which carried the viral video. The channel captioned the video as Look how fake beggars fool people.

VERDICT:

The video shared by Sonu Pandit is from Pakistan and not from India.

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First Published : 04 Nov 2019, 01:53:16 PM