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Viral Poem Wrongly Attributed to IAF Pilot Abhinandan’s Sister

Viral Poem Wrongly Attributed to IAF Pilot Abhinandan’s Sister

The poem, “My Brother With A Bloodied Nose” was penned by Varun Ram Iyer on Facebook and not by the sister of Abhinandan Varthaman.

A poem titled ‘My Brother with a Bloodied Nose’ is viral on social media with a false claim that it was written by the sister Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

The poem titled, “My Brother with a Bloodied Nose” goes on to narrate the ordeal he had to go through after his jet crashed in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

IAF Commander Varthaman is set to be released today as announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on February 28 after he was captured when his MiG-21 jet was shot down by Pakistan Air Force planes.

The poem is viral on Facebook and Twitter with captions making a false claim that it was penned by Varthaman’s sister Aditi.

The poem was also narrated live on NDTV by Vishnu Som at around 5.40 pm. Speaking live, Som too wrongly attributed the poem to “Wing Commander Abhinandan’s sister”

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Excerpt of the poem 

My Brother With a Bloodied Nose

My brother with a bloodied nose,
And officer and gentleman.
Landed across the Line of Control today.
Ejecting after doing the best he can.

Adhiti (Wg. Cmdr. Abhinandan’s sister)

FACT-CHECK

The viral poem is written by Varun Ram Iyer on February 27, 2019 the same day the IAF pilot was captured. Iyer posted the poem on his Facebook account too.

After the poem started going viral with many wrongly attributing it to Varthaman’s sister Aditi, Iyer took to social media to clarify that he was the author of the poem circulating.

Source: Varun Ram Iyer / Facebook

BOOM reached out to Iyer who confirmed that he had written the poem as an ode to Wing Commander Abhinandan.

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Claim Review : IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan's sister's poem

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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