A viral video of a woman with infant traveling precariously while sitting on the coupler between bogies of a speeding train is old and not from India. The video is being shared to show the plight of migrant workers in the country, many of them walking home following the Coronavirus driven lockdown.
BOOM found that the viral clip dates back online to 2016, and appears to be from Bangladesh.
The video is being shared as hundreds of migrant workers are walking long distances on highways to reach their home states. In the third phase of its lockdown, the central government announced special trains to help migrants return home. This move received criticism in several states, when the Railways allegedly demanded fare from the migrant for the journey. India currently has recorded more than 78000 positive cases of COVID-19
In the viral clip, a woman, holding an infant, can be seen sitting precariously on a coupler - the part connecting two railway carriages - while the train is speeding. The clip is being shared with the caption, "Friends, the greatest warrior in the world is a mother. Modi Ji, a helpless mother enjoying the superclass train."
दोस्तों दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी योद्धा होती हे मा😭😭😭— Rj Aasif Meo 🇮🇳 (@Aasif_meo) May 13, 2020
मोदी जी सुपर क्लास ट्रेन का मजा लेती हुई एक लाचार माँ pic.twitter.com/zNj6IKG5XB
Viral on Twitter
Several Twitter users tagged Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal asking the rail ministry to ensure the safety of workers that might board the special trains to go to their native places.
Dear @PiyushGoyal do you see the danger you have put the lives of the poor at, all because your"ll didn't have the heart to send these migrants free of cost. I do not know if she &her child have reached safe but I hope she does. This govt is directly responsible for their misery. pic.twitter.com/yZe7KDsLKh— Clydeee (@Dsouzaclyde) May 13, 2020
See it....— Hafiz Jameel (@HafizJa04188954) May 12, 2020
These are the people from whom the country develops ... These working people are going to their homes at the risk of their lives...@PMOIndia @AUThackeray @CMOMaharashtra @OfficeofUT @PiyushGoyal @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/fDhwjk3PFU
The same clip was also widely shared on May 10, 2020, on the occasion of Mother's Day.
IS THE VIDEO FROM INDIA?
Several social media users also pointed that the video could be from Bangladesh as the pattern of yellow streaks spotted in the video matches the bogies of the Bangladesh Railway trains. We then compared a photo of a train in Bangladesh with a frame from the viral video showing yellow streaks seen in the viral video and found that both matched.
We broke the viral video into key-frames and ran a reverse image search on Yandex, a Russian search engine and found results dating back to July 2016.
The search results showed that the same video was previously uploaded on a Bangladeshi Newspaper Prothom Alo's YouTube channel on September 13, 2016, with the caption which when translated from Bangla reads, "Eid means returning home physically or mentally"
IS THE VIDEO RECENT?
Analysing all search results for the video, we found the oldest clip uploaded online on July 31, 2016, with the caption, "Refugee mother and child".
We further found a video uploaded on May 18, 2017 where the then spokesperson for Ministry of Railways, Anil Saxena explains that they are investigating the video. In the report, Saxena says that the video has been viral with the Railways receiving reports about it from several people.
BOOM could not independently verify the location or details of the incident, however, we found that the viral video can be traced back to July 2016, and is likely from Bangladesh.
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