A 2:20 minute-long video clip that resembles CCTV footage is viral on social media. The video shows a tailor misbehaving with a female customer while taking measurements. Displeased by his behaviour, the customer gets into an argument and subsequently leaves the store. The video then shows a burqa-clad woman entering the store. The tailor attempts to do the same with her but she takes off her burqa and reveals that she is a police officer. The tailor panics and starts apologising to the officer. The video ends with the police officer grabbing the tailor and taking him out of the store and closing its shutter.

This video clip is being shared with a Hindi caption that makes an appeal to Hindu women to refrain from visiting Muslim shops. It insinuates that the tailor in the video is a Muslim.

Some users have shared only the last 45 seconds of the video when the second woman comes into the store.

The video has been widely shared on Facebook.

Scripted video

We observed the video carefully and noticed some logical fallacies:

1. At 0:27 seconds, just after the first customer leaves, the tailor makes a gesture to celebrate his ‘win’. This looks dramatised.

2. There are multiple cuts in the video to show that some time has passed since the first customer has left. However, in the time-stamp of the CCTV footage, it is clearly visible that the second customer appears merely a few seconds after the first customer has left.

3. The purported police officer working “undercover” has no backup.

4. The video ends with the message “Be brave girls and take a stand against these things”.

All these observations point toward the fact that the video could be scripted.

Taking these clues, we performed a keyword search on YouTube and came across the same video uploaded as YouTube shorts. The video was uploaded one day ago.

We then checked the YouTube channel that uploaded the video and noticed that the channel has many such videos and the thumbnail of these videos have an arrow similar to the one in the viral video.

We also found the original video on the same YouTube channel uploaded on March 12. Both the title and description of the video describe it as a ‘social awareness’ video.

Hence, a scripted video was shared with an anti-Muslim claim. This is not the first time that such videos have gone viral on social media. Alt News has debunked many such videos that are reshared with false, anti-Muslim claims.

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