A few days ago, a video began circulating on social media, purportedly showing caste-based discrimination involving three women sanitation workers. The video was shared widely, claiming it to be a recent incident of caste-based untouchability. However, a thorough fact-check reveals that this video is far from reality. It turns out that this is an old scripted video, created by BBMP pourakarmikas during the COVID-19 outbreak, aimed at raising awareness about the challenges they face. The video swiftly gained traction on social media platforms, with individuals expressing outrage over the alleged caste discrimination. Several accounts, such as The Dalit Voice (@ambedkariteIND) and YouTuber Mukesh Mohan (@MukeshMohannn), also shared the video, attributing it to an instance of caste-based practices.
The Reality Behind the Scenes: A Scripted Message for Awareness
Upon closer examination, the origin and intent of the video become clear. The video was crafted as an awareness initiative by BBMP pourakarmikas during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by these workers and to encourage respectful treatment towards them. The video’s initial scene, showing an interaction between two pourakarmika women, was staged to draw attention, and the subsequent clarification video revealed its scripted nature. The original video and clarification [archive] were reported by Asianet Newsable and the video was uploaded to their YouTube channel and their website respectively on June 24, 2022.
Intent: Unmasking Disinformation and Promoting Unity
The misinterpretation of this video underscores the need for critical thinking and accurate information sharing. Some users took advantage of the narrative to further their own agendas, emphasizing caste disparities. The intent behind the dissection of this video is to shed light on the disinformation spread by certain accounts. These accounts are deliberately circulating old scripted videos accompanied by false assertions to perpetuate deceptive narratives. Additionally, they seek to undermine Hinduism by falsely associating it with caste-based discrimination. This manipulative effort aims to portray India as regressive and divided, despite evidence to the contrary.
In conclusion, the viral video depicting caste-based discrimination was, in reality, a scripted video produced by BBMP pourakarmikas during the COVID-19 outbreak. Its purpose was to shed light on their challenges and promote respectful treatment of the vulnerable sections of society. While some sought to exploit the video for their own agendas. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below.
Claim: The viral video portrays caste-based discrimination.
Fact: Misleading claims, the video is an old scripted production aimed at raising awareness about pourakarmikas’ challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. It does not depict an actual incident of caste discrimination.