Post abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, public comments and opinions about India’s shocking yet tactful move crowded the social media. The social media was also not short of fake claims and news about what is actually happening in Jammu and Kashmir.
A video of a man burning alive, surrounded by few policemen became viral in Twitter. The Twitter video posted by 'Khaleej Mag' claimed that Indian forces were burning a Kashmiri protestor alive in Srinagar.
The video caption read, “A dark face of humanity. Indian forces burning a Kashmiri protestor with fire in Srinagar,” with hashtags #KashmirUnderThreat #KashmirStillUnderCurfew #humiliationofthecentury #KashmirProtests #Kashmirissue”. Many were seen liking and sharing the video, which soon became viral.
On verifying the authenticity of the video (‘India Today’ identified the video first), it was found that the video was taken in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. The video was originally recorded on July 7th of this year. The burning man in the video set himself in fire when the forest officers arrived to demolish his house, which according to the officers, was allegedly built on forest land. He was later admitted to hospital.
The same video became viral last month, claiming that Dalits were being burnt alive in Narendra Modi’s government. Unfortunately, people easily fall prey to such fake videos on internet, without verifying its authenticity.