Fact Check: Video Of A Girl Dressed As ‘Mother India’ Shared With Misleading Claim

A video of school kids performing a skit is being shared on social media with a claim that the student who was playing ‘Bharat Mata’ (Mother India) was forced to remove her crown and offer Namaz.

The video was shred with the caption: “भारत माता के मस्तक से मुकुट हटाकर नमाज पढ़वाया जा रहा।”

(English Translation: Crown was removed from the head of Mother India and asked to offer Namaz)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

We ran a search and found that the longer version of the video was shared on Twitter by Indian journalist Arvind Chauhan. He shared the video with the caption, “Here is the complete video of the students offering prayers in various ways (as per the religions).”

In the original video, students can be seen offering prayers as per different religious customs.

In the same thread, he also shared a quote of the teacher who choreographed the performance. In the video, she can be heard saying that the stage play was performed by the students of the Shishu Bharatiya Vidhyalaya in Lucknow. She also mentioned that the skit was choreographed to show the unity of the country and a small clip of the same is being shared with a false claim.

On searching further, we also found a tweet by the Police Commissionerate Lucknow, where the complete video was shared. The video was shared with the caption: छोटे बच्चों द्वारा सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द हेतु प्रस्तुत नाटिका का सम्पूर्ण वीडियो,जिसको कुछ असामाजिक तत्वों द्वारा गलत ढंग से प्रचारित कर सांप्रदायिक द्वेष फैलाने का अपराधिक कृत्य किया गया है। ऐसे लोगों के विरुद्ध सख्त कानूनी कार्रवाई की जाएगी।

(English Translation: Full video of drama presented by small children for communal harmony, is being wrongly propagated by some anti-social elements to spread communal hatred. Strict legal action will be taken against such people.)

Thus, from the above fact check, it is clear that the viral video is being shared with a false claim.

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