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A video of a young woman is viral on social media with the false claim that she is the 26-year-old veterinarian who was gang-raped and murdered in Hyderabad on November 27.
In the video, a woman is delivering a speech. One can hear in the four-minute-long video, the announcer saying ‘Shrimati Allola Divya Reddy from Telangana’. On the podium from where the woman delivers her speech, one can spot a sign that reads ‘Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare’, and the seal of the government of India.
The video is being circulated widely on Facebook with a caption in Hindi, which translates to: “The death of Divya Reddy in the Hyderabad case is not only an end of a doctor, but a government awarded vet scientist and researcher has been sacrificed for lust. This is incredible harm to the world.”
This video is viral in the aftermath of the brutal gang-rape and murder of the Hyderabad vet, and the subsequent encounter that killed the four accused in December 2019.
The woman in the viral video is not the Hyderabad gang-rape and murder victim.
As can be heard in the video, the woman introduces herself as Divya Allola Reddy. On searching with the same name on YouTube, one can find a 4.25-minute-long video uploaded by a YouTube channel Klimom on June 2, 2018.
The description of the same video on YouTube read: ‘Watch Allola Divya Reddy speak on winning the National Gopal Ratna Award 2018.’
From the 14 seconds time-stamp, the same visuals as in the viral video can be spotted here.
Divya is a 35-year-old woman and the founder of ‘Klimom’, a wellness farm in Hyderabad which aims at producing good cow milk by raising Indian native cow breed.
A Google search with her name results in multiple articles on her and her enterprise.
Therefore, the woman in the viral video is not the Hyderabad gang-rape and murder victim.
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.
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