A video showing a woman dancing in the front seat of a moving car is being shared online with a false narrative that is shows student activist Gurmehar Kaur while campaigning for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, Bihar.
The Facebook post is a compilation of a video and two images
The text accompanying the post roughly translates to, “This madam, Gurmehar Kaur, is campaigning for Kanhaiya. They will develop Begusarai. They aren’t even ashamed.”
The video shows a woman dancing in a car to the tune of a Hindi film song.
And the images are those of Shehla Rashid, former vice president of Jawaharlal Nehru University’s students union. Clearly, Gurmehar Kaur is not present either in the video or the images from Kanhaiya’s campaign rally.
The 2.15 seconds long video shows a woman dancing inside a moving car while a group of youngsters cheer on. The song playing in the background is that of a Hindi film. The viral post claims that the woman in the video, and the one standing by Kanhaiya Kumar’s side at the rally, are the same — Gurmehar kaur. Both claims are false.
The post, as of now, is going viral, both, from Facebook and Twitter.
Gurmehar Kaur is a student activist and an author. In 2017, Kaur became the target of vicious trolling on Twitter after she made a statement ‘Pakistan Did Not Kill My Dad, War Killed Him’, on social media
BOOM fact-checked the video and the images separately.
BOOM went through the video carefully and observed the following points:
This makes it clear that the video is not from India.
BOOM then fragmented the video and took mugshots of the woman claimed to be Gurmehar, which we compared with pictures of Gurmehar we found online.
We also reached out to Gurmehar Kaur. She replied saying the claim was false.
The student activist also told us that she had campaigned for Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai.
While BOOM confirmed that the woman shown in the video is not Gurmehar Kaur, we were unable to establish her identity but we found the same video on YouTube uploaded in August 2016.
A reverse image search on the picture directed us to several news reports carrying the same photo.
The woman in the photo is Shehla Rashid. Rashid is the former vice-president of JNU’s student union and a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement, a political outfit founded by former IAS officer Shah Faesal.
Rashid, along with several others, has been proactively campaigning for Kanhaiya Kumar who is ready to fight his maiden election from Begusarai.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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