Fact Check: No, The Baby In This Viral Video Was Not Kidnapped And Taken To Dubai

The Logical Indian Crew

September 18th, 2019 / 6:20 PM

Baby Smuggled Dubai

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A 24-second long video has gone viral on social media, showing a baby found hidden inside a duffle bag. The video was shared by HGS Dhaliwal, an Executive Director of Security at the Airport Authority of India, on September 15 with the caption – “Baby Bagged!! A 5-month-old baby was kidnapped and carried to Dubai from Karachi inside a Travel Bag. Fortunately, it was detected at Dubai Airport and the baby was found safe!!”

Media outlets like Mirror NowThe TribuneLatestly wrote articles based on the claims soon after the tweet went viral.

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In fact, our sister website Tarksangat fell for the claim too.

दुबई एयरपोर्ट में बैग में निकला बच्चा

दुबई एयरपोर्ट पर चेकिंग के दौरान ट्रैवल बैग से एक 5 महीने का बच्चा बरामद किया गया है. इस बच्चे को पाकिस्तान से किडनैप करके लाया गया था. 24 सेकंड के वीडियो से पता चला कि बच्चे को बैग में अन्य नरम चीजों के साथ रखा गया था. बच्चे को स्थिर रखने के लिए सिर के पास दो छोटे स्टील के गिलास रखे गए थे. बच्चे को ट्रैवल बैग में लाने वाले शख्स को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया है. इस घटना का वीडियो साउथ दिल्ली के डीसीपी एचजीएस धालीवाल ने ट्विटर पर शेयर किया.

तर्कसंगत – Tarksangat ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 17, 2019

Establishing The Truth

This video was actually shared by a Twitter user on Jun 24, 2019, and attracted as many as two million views.

In fact, this same video was shared by one Parvez Khan on November 4, 2018, and attracted 83,000 shares.


Baby Smuggled Dubai
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A Twitter user had commented that the accessories and the bag that can be spotted in the video are of the Saudi Arabian brand, Al-Saniedi.

Baby Smuggled Dubai
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A time-search on Twitter will reveal for the word ‘baby’ in Arabic (طفل and الطفل) an October 2018 tweet by a user @ProfAlsaadi. 

Interestingly, this video carried a watermark reading ‘noash_a’.

Baby Smuggled Dubai
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Another user shared the same video demanding that the ‘perpetrator’ be punished, to which @noash_a replied, “This is the same child who is active and this is his father enjoying his time in the desert and you stay on Twitter and no one notices or reads anything about you.” (Translated from Arabic). In the comment, @noash_a posted another video of the same baby.


If the baby’s facial features are compared, it is clear that the baby in the two videos is the same.

Baby Smuggled Dubai
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Therefore, if the sequence of events is followed, the video was shared between October 28 and 29, 2018 and most likely also created by @noash_a, who is probably not a stranger to the child.

Subsequently, on October 31, 2018, the video was shared with a totally different narrative, with an Arabic page on Facebook claiming that the video represents a Filipino maid kidnapping a child. The second part of the video shows the alleged woman, however, it was not shot at the same location. To support the claim, the two clips were most likely merged.

القبض على خادمه فلبينية حاولت خطف طفل من ذويه في شنطة سفر . وعمل أعمال سحر له

الشرقيه 2050..Al sharqia‎ ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಬುಧವಾರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 31, 2018

From November 2018 onwards, the video began to circulate with the claim that a Pakistani baby was kidnapped and taken to Dubai. The video is still being circulated with the same narrative. Whether the video was created in jest or it depicts some real incident cannot be established conclusively. However, the ‘Pakistan-Dubai’ claim is absolutely insubstantial.

Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.

Also Read: Fact Check: No, The Child In The Viral Picture Did Not Die In Bihar Floods


Written by : Sumanti Sen

Edited by : Shweta Kothari

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