Fact Check: Staged Video Of Child Abduction Is From Egypt, NOT India

A video is widely shared on social media, showing the person in burqa abducting a child in broad daylight from a busy street.

A facebook user shared the video with the Hindi text: “हिन्दू सावधान और सचेत रहे क्या पता अगला शिकार आप या हम ही हो.. ये आप या आपके परिवार के साथ भी हो सकता है..अपने आसपास भी नजरें दौड़ाते रहिये कोई अनहोनी तो नहीं हो रही यदि ऐसा कुछ जो आपको आशंकित कर रहा है तो अनदेखा ना करिये मददगार बनिये..” (English translation: Hindus should be careful and alert, the next victim could be you or us… It can happen to you or your family also… Keep looking around you to see if something like this is happening, don’t ignore be helpful)

Here’s the link to the above post.


When NewsMobile fact-checked the post, it was found to be scripted, and NOT from India.

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through a Reverse Image Search.  The search led us to Al Hadath, an Arabic news website, which had published a screenshot of the same video.

The article, dated June 29, 2022, stated that it was a staged video, created by four teenagers in Egypt to gain views on social media. However, the video went viral creating panic in the community.

We also found more articles related to the same incident. The articles can be read here and here.

The reports also mentioned that after the video went viral in Egypt, the Ministry of Interior published a video on Facebook and Instagram on June 29, 2022, clarifying that the video was staged and NOT real.

The post mentioned that the four people are residents of Sohag Governorate in Egypt, and the fabricated video was created with the motive of achieving a high financial return by increasing the viewership.

Thus, it is clear that the viral video is staged, and NOT from India.

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