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Did Kashmiri Women Protest Abrogation Of Article 370? A FactCheck

Did Kashmiri Women Protest Abrogation Of Article 370? A FactCheck

The video is from a funeral procession of two teenage militants on December 10, 2018, in Hajin, Kashmir.

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An old video of a funeral procession in Kashmir is being shared as a recent protest in Jammu And Kashmir. The video is being shared in light of the recent announcement by Home Minister Amit Shah on abrogation of Article 370 and revoking the special status to the state.

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The 39-second video is viral on Facebook with the caption, “hundreds of thousands Kashmiris took street yesterday in Indian occupied Kashmir to liberate their land from India..”

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Viral on Facebook

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BOOM broke the video into keyframes and ran a reverse image search using Yandex and found a video on YouTube titled, “Kashmiri women take out a procession during the funeral rites of two teenage” dated December 11, 2018 which was uploaded by a YouTube channel named ‘Pakistan people’s party’.

Old Video

A ticker below the video reads, “10-12-18.. Kashmiri women take out a procession during the funeral rites of two teenage rebels who were killed yesterday. They were aged 14 and 17. #Kashmir”

Additionally we found a Facebook post dated December 10, 2018 that had the caption, “Kashmiri women rally in support of #Kashmir independence…”

A custom search on Google with the keywords, ”Kashmir Women funeral militants” we found a photograph matching the protest site on the stock photo website Alamy.

Protest Photo

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Photograph dated December 10, 2018

The caption of the photograph reads, “Hajin, Kashmir. 10th December, 2018. Women march to attend the funeral of teenage militants in Hajin area of north Kashmir some 35 kilometers from Srinagar the summer capital of Indian controlled Kashmir on December 10, 2018. Fourteen year old was among the three militants killed in 18-hour long gun-battle in Mujigund area on the Srinagar outskirts on December 09, 2018. Credit: Faisal Khan/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News”

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News reports on the incident

Two teenage militants named Mudasir Rashid Parray, 14, and Saqib Bilal Sheikh, 17, both of Hajin in Bandipora district were killed in a gun battle with security forces on December 9, 2018 reported Rising Kashmir.

“A massive gathering of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants, who were buried in a local graveyard at Hajin,” futher reported Rising Kashmir.

According to news reports, one of the teenagers killed named Saqib Bilal Sheikh had acted in a small role in the 2014 Bollywood movie Haider.

This is not the first instance of old videos from the Valley being revived in light of recent events. BOOM earlier fact checked video of a fire mishap in Kashmir that was shared as atrocities by the Indian Army after revoking Article 370.

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Claim Review : Hundreds Of Thousands Kashmiris Took Street Yesterday In Kashmir

Fact Check : FALSE

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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