The video is scripted and not based on any true incident.
Users of social media are coming up with different ways of disposing of damaged flags. A video widely circulating on social media shows a Muslim man objecting to the display of the Indian national flag on their vehicles. The viral video shows a Muslim man shouting at another man and saying, “You shouldn’t put the national flag on vehicles.” The video claims that it shows a Muslim man objecting against a Hindu youth to who was displaying the national flag on his vehicle.
The caption states, “Make this video very viral, his man should tell us the reason why he is objecting to displaying the national flag on the vehicle.”
We started our investigation by carefully observing the viral video and found that at the timestamp of 2:08 minutes, the video shows a disclaimer. The disclaimer mentions, “This video is a complete fiction, all the events in the video are scripted and made for awareness purposes only. This does not promote any kind of activity or defame any kind of ritual. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. “
Further, we found the 3 minute extended version of the viral video where we can see that the Muslim man gives a reason why he is objecting to the Hindu man putting the national flag on his vehicle.
He says, “I don’t want you to put the national flag on your vehicles because flags can fall off, or a child can take them off and throw them, and then people walk on them, which is disrespectful. That is why national flags should not be displayed on vehicles.”
WHY DO YOU NEED MORE CONTEXT?
Users may wonder if the video is staged or not. It intends to show the communal-tension situation in the country.
However, Fact Crescendo has debunked several such staged and scripted videos, which were viral with communal claims.
Many times these fictional videos are shared to spread misinformation and create communal tension.
1. A “staged” video was shared with a false communal claim that Muslim men duped Hindu girls posing as Hindu boys. (Read Fact-Check)
2. A “scripted” video was shared with a baseless claim that a Muslim boy was captured stealing the bike of a young girl. (Read Fact-Check)
3. A “fictional” video was shared as a real incident of child kidnapping. In India, rumors of child kidnappings have already led to several deaths in mob lynchings. (Read Fact-Check)
4. A “made-up” video from the same Sanjjanaa Galrani page went viral as a real incident of a man being electrocuted while using mobile phone plugged for charging. (Read Fact-Check)
5. A scripted video went viral as a real incident of a dowry case where the groom refused to marry the bride because of less dowry. Times of India falsely reported this video as well. (Read Fact-Check)
6. A scripted video went viral as a real incident showing a Muslim tailor harassing a Hindu woman. (Read Fact-Check)
7. A scripted video went viral as a real incident showing Muslim female child kidnapper kidnapping children in suitcase bags. (Read Fact-Check)
In the name of “social awareness” or “motivational” or “Comedy” videos, these scripted videos are solely made to garner views and hits on social media.
Sometimes they are shared out of context and sometimes with outright false and dangerous communal claims. Therefore, users need to know the full context of these videos.
Fact Crescendo found the claim made along with the viral video to be False. The viral video is a scripted one and has no relation with the reality. These videos are created to gain engagement on social media.
Title:Scripted video claims to show a Muslim man objecting to the display of the national flag.Fact Check By: Drabanti Ghosh