Fact Check: Video Of Malaysian Saree Draper Goes Viral With False Communal Narrative 

A video is widely shared on social media alleging that a Muslim man draped a saree around a Hindu woman during her wedding ceremony. The post suggests that the man shown in the video is Rafiq, who supposedly makes a living out of draping sarees for Hindu women.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “अभी तक शादी विवाह में मु’स्लिम पगड़ी बांधनेवाले को बुलाते थे लेकिन अब हिंदू महिलाओं को उनकी शादियों में र’फीक नाम के मु’स्लिम लड़के ने साड़ी पहनाने का बिजनेस शुरू कर दिया है। हिंदुओ कितना नीचे गिरोगे?” (English translation: Till now, Muslims used to call turban tiers in marriages, but now a Muslim boy named Rafiq has started the business of making Hindu women wear sarees in their marriages. How low will Hindus stoop?)

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

Performing a Reverse Image Search, we identified a YouTube channel carrying the same viral video on July 13, 2019, with a caption: “How to Wear a Saree Simple Steps l Simple Tips to Wear a Saree, Proper Saree Draping Video,  Joseph Jerry, the Malaysian Saree man, drape the saree effortlessly within 3 minutes.” 

Searching further, we spotted other videos of this man draping a saree to another woman in the same attire. The video, dated May 11, 2019, had the caption: “How I watched Joseph Jerry, the Malaysian Saree man, drape the saree effortlessly within 3 minutes for one of the models during Zobha’s fashion show.” 

A Facebook handle ‘Joseph Jerry’ shares the images of models he draped sarees for the Zobha fashion. 

The woman seen in the viral video can also be identified in the images shared on Facebook by Joseph Jerry. 

The same woman, who was draped in a saree by Joseph Jerry in the viral video, has also appeared in a fashion show in 2019, organized by Zobha a textile manufacturing company based in Malaysia.

An image of Joseph Jerry draping a saree on a model was shared on the Instagram page of ‘Starlifestylemy’, along with a message stating that Joseph is an expert at draping sarees and a how-to video will be released soon. Additionally, an article on Rakesh Joseph was published on the news website ‘The Star’.

Thus, it is confirmed that the video of a Malaysian saree draper has been shared with false communal narrative.

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