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No, Girl In Viral Video is Not Kathua Rape Victim

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No, Girl In Viral Video is Not Kathua Rape Victim

Many have shared this video without verifying. But the person who first uploaded this video says that the girl in the video is not Kathua rape victim.

 

A video of a girl reciting a poem ‘Suna tha ke behad sunehri hai Delhi…’ has resurfaced as that of the eight-year old Kathua rape victim. People are also sharing it as the deceased’s last song. But it is not her.

 

Imran Pratapgarhi, the poet of the nazm / poem himself has dispelled the rumour. He clarified through posts on social media platforms that it was he who uploaded the video on Facebook upon receiving it from a fan over WhatsApp.

 

The video is being widely shared across social media with emotional messages demanding justice for the Kathua victim.

 

 

Pratapgarhi took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram clarifying that the girl is not the Kathua victim. He states in his post that the video was uploaded by him on Facebook on July 18, 2017 when a fan sent it to him. He also gives the link to his July 18 Facebook post and a screenshot of it highlighting the date.

 

In the post, Pratapgarhi says that some are also falsely claiming the girl to be his sister’s daughter. He said that though the girl resembles the Kathua rape victim, it is not her. He cautions people from sharing social media posts before cross checking it. Below is his clarification on social media.

 

 

 

18 July 2017 को मैंने इस नन्ही सी फैन की ये वीडियो पोस्ट की थी, इसे उस वक्त मेरे किसी चाहने वाले ने व्हाट्सअप पर भेजा था, उस वक्त कई हज़ार लोगों मे मेरे पेज से इस नज़्म को शेयर किया था ! इस वीडियो में बहोत ख़ूबसूरत अंदाज़ में ये बच्ची मेरी “नजीब” वाली नज़्म पढ रही थी ! आज दोपहर से सोशल मीडिया पर इस बच्ची को आसिफा बता कर ये वीडियो वायरल किया जा रहा है जो ग़लत है ! कुछ बौद्धिक कमीनों ने तो यहॉं तक पोस्ट कर दिया कि ये मेरी बडी बहन की बेटी है, जबकि ऐसा कुछ नहीं है ! ये बच्ची आसिफा जैसी दिखती है लेकिन आसिफ़ा नहीं है ! 18 July का वो वीडियो मेरे पेज पर अभी भी पडा है, लिंक नीचे दे रहा हूँ ! सोशल मीडिया पर कुछ भी शेयर करने से पहले तस्दीक ज़रूर कर लिया करिये ! वैसे ये अजीब इत्तेफ़ाक़ है कि इस बच्ची में आसिफ़ा की झलक जैसी दिखाई पड रही है https://www.facebook.com/ImranPratapgarhiOfficial/videos/1579978735380178/

A post shared by Imran Pratapgarhi (@imranpratapgarhi) on

 

The original post of Pratapgarhi dated July 18, 2017 is below.

 

 

Upon searching for the first line of the poem on Youtube, the oldest upload of the video dates, July 19, 2017 – a day after Pratapgarhi posted it on Facebook.

 

The first four lines of the nazm goes as,

 

सुना था कि बेहद सुनहरी है दिल्ली,
समंदर सी ख़ामोश गहरी है दिल्ली !
मगर एक मॉं की सदा सुन ना पाये,
तो लगता है गूँगी है बहरी है दिल्ली !!

 

Nazm is a form of Urdu poetry. The poem was penned by Pratapgarhi in the context of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed going missing. While reciting it on multiple forums, he said that it was written after he met Najeeb’s mother who kept searching for her son and asking ‘Najeeb Kaha Hain’ (Where is Najeeb?).

 

Najeeb, a first year student of JNU, had mysteriously disappeared after a scuffle with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in October 2016. His whereabouts are still not known.

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Sneha Alexander is a policy analyst and writes data fact checks. She enjoys looking for stories behind the numbers and presents it to the reader in a friendly format. She has fact-checked some of the country's top ministers and media publications for the wrong use of data. Her fact check stories have been carried by several other prominent digital websites.

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