An 8-minute-long video clip that purportedly shows a kidnapping attempt is viral on social media. In the video, we see a woman getting out of an auto-rickshaw with a child. As she is speaking to the auto driver, another woman standing in the vicinity picks up the child and flees.
Meanwhile, two men recorded this act on their phones. They inform the child’s mother and head in the direction of the alleged kidnapper. The mother, along with those who had filmed the act, get into a physical altercation with the alleged kidnapper. During this scuffle, one of the men slaps the alleged kidnapper several times. In the end, she confesses and apologises.
Social media users have shared the video and claimed the mother was deaf and dumb. Hence she did not notice when her child got kidnapped. A Facebook user posted this video with the same claim. ()
गूँगी माँ का उठाया बच्चा हुआ ये सब 😭 deaf 🧏😢
Posted byon Saturday, June 4, 2022
also amplified the video on Facebook.
A disclaimer appears at the 0:16-mark of the viral video. It states that the video “should be considered for entertainment purposes only”.
Upon further investigation, we found the same video on June 7 by a Facebook page called ‘Ankur Jatuskaran’. Ankur Jatuskaran is a who often makes prank videos and shares them on his and Facebook page.
We examined the Facebook page closely and discovered that it has previously posted several such scripted videos (, , ). Apart from this, we noticed that the man seen in the viral clip is Ankur himself. He features as an actor in most of the videos.
To sum it up, the viral video that shows child kidnapping is actually scripted. In the past, Alt News has fact-checked multiple such videos which are actually dramatised or made for awareness. However, because the disclaimers are not being featured properly, they are often mistakenly shared as real incidents.
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