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Awareness Video of Boy Trying to Intoxicate Girl Shared With Communal Spin

The video does not show a real incident and was created for 'educational purposes'.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>A video of a boy mixing a substance in a girl's drink is being widely shared  with a false communal claim.</p></div>
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A video of a boy mixing a substance in a girl's drink is being widely shared on social media with a communal claim that a Muslim boy was planning to intoxicate his Hindu friend.

However, we found that the video is not a real incident but a video created for 'educational purposes' as stated in the video's disclaimer at the end.

CLAIM

The claim along with the video reads, "यह देखिये इस Mस्लिम लड़के की करतुत,अपने हिन्दु लड़की दोस्त को पानी में नशे की दवा खिला कर इज्जत लुटने का प्लान बना रहा था पर होटल वालों के चालाकि और सतर्कता की वजह से पकड़ा गया। सतर्क रहिये सुरक्षित रहिए (sic)"

(Translated: Look at what this Muslim boy is doing. He was planning to rape his Hindu girl friend by intoxicating her, but he was caught because of the hoteliers' cleverness. Be alert, stay safe.)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/BU86-RVW3">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

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The video saw its widespread presence on Facebook and Twitter with users sharing it with the same claim and the archived posts can be viewed here, here, here and here.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

At the end of the video in question, we noticed a text saying, "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!"

<div class="paragraphs"><p>A text at the end of the video mentioned that it is for 'educational purposes only.'</p></div>

A text at the end of the video mentioned that it is for 'educational purposes only.'

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

We ran a keyword search on Facebook using the aforementioned text and came across a post shared by actor Hamsa Nandini that carried another video but showed a similar template of a CCTV footage as in the viral one.

Taking a cue from here, we scanned Nandini's Facebook timeline and found that she had shared the viral video on 18 October 2020.

The text along with the video read: "YOU COULD BE THE NEXT! ......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! (sic)"

It is pertinent to note that while the actor shared the video in 2020, the date stamp in the viral video mentions 15 October 2021, suggesting that it's not a real CCTV footage.

Several such CCTV videos with date stamps way ahead of the date of sharing them on Facebook can be viewed on actor's timeline here and here.

Evidently, a video created for educational purpose was shared by several social media users as a real incident with a false communal angle attached to it.

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