Viral: Unrelated, old video claimed to be last video of Kathua rape victim

A video of a young girl is presently being circulated on social media. It is claimed that this video is of the 8-year old who was raped and murdered in Kathua, Jammu in January, and that this is her last video before she was killed. The video has been posted below.

A number of users on Facebook have shared this video believing the girl in the video is the Kathua victim. She is reciting a poem, ‘suna tha behad sunehri hai Dilli…’

Apart from Facebook, this video has also been posted and shared by users on Twitter. It has also been uploaded by multiple users on YouTube.

It turns out that this video is NOT of the Kathua victim. In fact, this video had first been uploaded in July 2017. The Kathua victim had been killed in January 2018. The video of this young girl was first uploaded by Imran Pratapgarhi, who is a poet. Pratapgarhi had written the poem that is being recited by this girl in the video. He himself had uploaded it on his Facebook page on July 18, 2017.

After this video became viral in the last couple of days, Pratapgarhi posted a clarification on his Facebook page in which he said that this girl in the video is not the Kathua victim, and that this video had been sent to him by a fan through WhatsApp, which he had subsequently posted on his Facebook page. Pratapgarhi added that this poem had been written in memory of Najeeb Ahmed, a JNU student who went missing in 2016.

18 July 2017 को मैंने इस नन्ही सी फैन की ये वीडियो पोस्ट की थी, इसे उस वक्त मेरे किसी चाहने वाले ने व्हाट्सअप पर भेजा…

Posted by Imran Pratapgarhi on Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Kathua rape and murder case has shaken the conscience of the nation. In such a scenario, such videos seek to emotionally manipulate social media users who are advised to be circumspect and to try to verify the authenticity of such posts.

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