Fact Check: Viral Video Of Monk Saving A Woman From Theft Is Scripted

A video is being widely shared on social media in which a woman from a minority community can be seen offering prayers by the roadside. The video shows a young man comes there and picks up the woman’s purse, takes out some items from it and puts it in his pocket. Meanwhile, a monk comes from behind and catches the thief. Sharing this video as a real incident, many social media users are sharing the video claiming, “Hindu Baba Saving Muslim.”

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

Using the InVid Tool, we extracted keyframes from the viral video and performed a Reverse Image Search with relevant keywords. This directed us to a Facebook page that featured the same viral video stating that the video is scripted and only for educational purposes. 

The video description reads, “Hindu Baba Saving Muslim. 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!”

We scanned the Facebook page and found many similar scripted videos uploaded for educational purposes only. Check here and here.  

Earlier also NewsMobile had fact-checked similar scripted videos that were being shared as real incidents. Check here, here, here, and here. Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim is false. 

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