This video shows the funeral of an Indian army soldier that was held a day before the Hyderabad attack
A video has been viewed more than a million times in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts that claim the footage shows the funeral of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor who was gang raped and killed on November 27, 2019 in Hyderabad, a major city in southern India. The claim is false; the video actually shows the funeral of an Indian army soldier in a village in west India which was held on November 26, a day before the attack in Hyderabad.
The 30-second video purporting to show the victim's funeral was published here on December 2, 2019, on Facebook.
The English-language caption names the rape victim. In accordance with an Indian Supreme Court ruling barring the naming of rape victims, AFP has redacted the woman's name.
The caption says: “Last ritual of [victim’s name]... Plz forgive us sister…”
The same video has been viewed more than a million times alongside similar claims in posts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, with the victim's name redacted:
The claim is false; the footage actually shows the funeral of an India soldier that was held one day before the attack in Hyderabad in a different part of India.
A Google reverse image search using video keyframes extracted with InVID, a digital verification tool, found a similar video published on YouTube here on November 26, a day before the killing in Hyderabad.
The Hindi-language title of the video translates into English as: ‘Funeral of martyr Peera Ram.
Below is a screenshot comparison of multiple frames in the misleading Facebook post (L) and YouTube video (R):
The Indian Army posted a condolence message on its official Twitter account here on November 25, 2019.
Below is a screenshot of the burning pyre from the media report:
The Facebook page ‘Rajasthan Rise’ also streamed a live video here of the November 26, 2019, funeral.
The funeral for the 27-year-old Hyderabad victim took place on November 28, according to ETV news. The television network published a video from the funeral on YouTube here.
The video's caption reads: “Disha Last Rites Completed | at Puranapul.”
Disha is a pseudonym given to the victim by Indian media. for example, The Hindu, a major Indian newspaper, also reported on Disha here.