Fact Check: Educational Video Showing Man Attempting To Kidnap A School Girl Shared As Real Incident

A video of a man attempting to lure and kidnap a girl from outside her school is being shared on social media with a claim that it is the CCTV footage of a real incident.

Facebook users are sharing the video with a Hindi caption which can be translated in English to: “Careful, schools should not let girls stand outside of the gates alone. This girl made a narrow escape, otherwise, a dead body would have been found in some bushes. We need to learn from such videos. Careful, now that schools have opened, these sleeping vultures have also woken up…see 2 min CCTV camera footage of the incident. Don’t know where this video is from but school administration, family and children all need to be careful.”

(original text:*सावधान* *किसी भी स्कूल वालों को, बच्चियों को ऐसे स्कूल के बाहर नहीं खड़ा करना चाहिए, बच्ची बाल बाल बची है, नहीं तो, किसी झाड़ियों में लाश मिलती, ऐसे वीडियो से सीख लेने की जरूरत है _ सावधान अब जब स्कूल खुल गए है तो ये सोये हुवे गिद्ध भी जाग गए है _ देखिये इस घटना को 2 मिनट के इस CCTV कैमरा फुटेज से* *पता नहीं ये वीडियो कहाँ का है लेकिन* *स्कूल प्रशासन परिजन ओर बच्चों सभी को सावधान रहना जरूरी है*)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found that the video is scripted.

While looking for similar posts on Facebook, we found that the same video was shared by the verified Facebook page of Hamsa Nandini in September 2020. In the caption, it was mentioned that the video was made for educational purposes

“TEACH THIS TO YOUR CHILDREN PLEASE. 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!” the video was captioned.

We then checked out her Facebook page and found that the page featured multiple scripted short films and parodies made for awareness and educational purposes.

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

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Hence, from the above information, it is clear that a scripted video made for awareness purposes is being shared as CCTV footage of an attempted kidnapping incident.

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