A prank video purporting to show a father thrashing his son after the latter admits to voting for the Indian National Congress (Congress) only to later reveal he is joking, is fake and doctored.
The original prank video which dates back to at least 2014 shows the son breaking the news of his girlfriend’s pregnancy, to which his father reacts violently.
The caption accompanying the doctored video states, ‘The recording we were afraid of has come into the market. Don’t vote for Congress even as a joke, else what will happen, watch the video.’
(Hind translation: जिस बात का डर था वही रिकॉर्डिंग आ गयी मार्किट में और मजाक से भी कांग्रेस को वोट देने की बात मत करना वरना क्या होगा देख लो वीडियो |)
The doctored video shows a nervous youngster admitting to his father he voted for Congress. The father reacts aggressively and starts kicking and slapping the youngster as he tries to save himself. Towards the end of the video, the youth tells his father that the video is a prank and points towards the camera.
However, this is not what the original prank video is about.
A search for the original video showed it was uploaded to YouTube on April 26, 2014.
The over-three-minute long original video was uploaded on SocioCatastrophe TV, a YouTube channel hosting similar prank videos.
In the original video the prankster, Prateek, tells his father that his girlfriend is pregnant. His father reacts with a fit of rage and launches a volley of blows and kicks on his son. The part of video where Prateek tells his father about his girlfriend has been edited and replaced with ‘I voted for Congress’.
Watch the original video below.
Claim Review : Video shows a father thrashing his son when the latter admits to voting for Congress
Claimed By : Facebook posts
Fact Check : FALSE
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.