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Viral Video Of School Kids Touching A Soldier’s Feet Is Not From India

Viral Video Of School Kids Touching A Soldier’s Feet Is Not From India

Original video from Sri Lanka has been passed off as that from India

sri lankan army video

A video clip showing school kids shaking hands and touching the feet of an army personnel is being shared with a false claim that the man in fatigues is a soldier of the Indian Army. BOOM found that the original video is from Sri Lanka with the children thanking and paying their repsect to the army personnel after the Easter Sunday blasts in the country,

The caption is being shared with a caption in Hindi that reads, ‘Hopefully the Kashmiri stone-pelters will learn a lesson from these youngsters. #IndianArmy.’

(Hindi: काश के कश्मीर के पत्थरबाज इन नवजवानों से कुछ सीखते। #भारतीयसेना |)

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A screenshot from the viral video

You can view the video here and access its archived version here.

The video has been shared on several Facebook pages and Twitter handles.

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Viral on Facebook

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Through a reverse image search, BOOM was able to ascertain that this video is from Sri Lanka. We also used keywords like ‘Sri Lankan Army and schoolchildren’ and found several Facebook posts with the same video.

රණවිරුවන්ට කෘතගුණ සැලකීම

රණවිරුවන්ට කෘතගුණ සැලකීම

Posted by Hiru News on Thursday, May 30, 2019

The translated caption with the video shared on Facebook page Hiru News reads ‘ Gratitude to War Heroes’. The post was shared on May 30, 2019.

නියමයි ආදරණීය දරුවනේ.උඹලා ටික වැදගත් දෙමව්පියන්ගෙ සිලාචාර දරු දැරියන්.උඹලගේ අනාගතය පැහැදිලියි දරුවනේ.අනාගතය උඹලට වරදින්නෙ නැහැ.මේ උඹලගේ මවුබිම රකින උඹලව ආරක්ෂා කරන විරෝධාර රණ විරුවන්ටත් මගේ හදපිරි උත්තමාචාරය.අපි උඹලට ණය ගැතියි.මේය රටේ ජනතාවට පැහැදිලි කරලා දෙන්න වීඩියෝ කළ ඔබටත් හදවතින්ම ස්තුති වන්ත වෙනවා.දුකයි රටක් ගැන හිතන පතන උඹලා වෙනුවෙන්.

Posted by London Jaltha on Thursday, May 30, 2019

The translated caption with this video posted on Facebook page London Jaltha on May 30 this year reads ‘You are the most important children of your parents. Your future is very clear, children. You will not be hurt by this. Thank you from the heart’.

The same video has been tweeted with a claim that the children in the video were Sri Lankan and were showing a token of appreciation towards the country’s armed forces.

Another clue about the video being from Sri Lanka is the transparent bags carried by some students.

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The kid carrying a transparent bag

It may be mentioned here that after the Easter bombings in hotels and churches in Sri Lanka’s Colombo in April this year security has been beefed up in the Island nation. As part of this, the schools which reopened after the summer break on may 30, remained heavily guarded by army personnel.

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A Guardian report which mentions about the transparent plastic bags to be carried by the students

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Claim Review : Children touching the feet of an Indian army soldier

Fact Check : FALSE

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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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