Fact Check: Viral Video Of Army Personnel Helping Pregnant Woman Is Scripted

A video in which a pregnant woman can be seen struggling to climb up the stairs with her luggage is being widely shared on social media. The video shows that while many others went by, no one came forward to help her though two Army personnel come forward to help her and carry her up the stairs. Sharing this video as a real incident, it is being claimed that the Army always stands by citizens whenever they need help.  

The video is being shared on Facebook with the caption, “Why you must always respect men in uniform & their sacrifice for the country. Learn.”

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.

Using the InVid tool, we extracted keyframes from the video and performed a Reverse Image Search. This search directed us to the verified Facebook page of an artist named ‘Priya’ which carried the same viral video on January 2, 2020. The video description reads, “Thank you for watching! Please be aware that this page features scripted dramas and parodies as well. These short films are for entertainment & educational purposes only!” 

Watching the entire video, we noticed a disclaimer at the end of the video stating that “This reel life footage is published only for the purpose of educating the public by making them understand the real-world situation.” 

Earlier too, NewsMobile had fact-checked similar ‘awareness’ and ‘educational’ videos which went viral with false claims. You can check them here, here, here, here, and here

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim is false. 

 

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