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Fact Check: 2019 Clip Of Woman Narrating Her Ordeal To Rahul Gandhi Falsely Shared As Recent

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The video of a woman narrating her ordeal to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on board a flight is widely shared on social media, claiming that the Kashmiri Pandits are questioning the Congress leader as to why he opposed Modi government on matters related to Kashmir.

The video is being shared with a caption:पीड़ित कश्मीरी पंडितों ने हवाई जहाज में यात्रा के दौरान Rahul Gandhi को घेरकर सवाल पूछे कि वो कश्मीर के मामलों पर मोदी का विरोध क्यों करते हैं ? राहुल गांधी इसका कोई जवाब नहीं दे पाए मीडिया शायद ही ये न्यूज़ दिखाए लेकिन आप इस सच को जरुर देखिए” (English translation: Kashmiri Pandits surrounded Rahul Gandhi while travelling on an aeroplane and asked questions about why they oppose Modi on Kashmir matters. Rahul Gandhi could not answer this, national media could hardly show this news.)

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FACT CHECK

We fact-checked the post, and found it to be misleading.

The NM team found multiple media reports, dated August 2019, covering the same incident.

According to a report by India Today, dated August 25, 2019, a ‘Kashmiri woman started narrating her ordeal to Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders onboard the flight they were travelling back to Delhi from Srinagar after Rahul Gandhi and a delegation of Opposition were denied entry to the city’.

In the video, the woman can be seen narrating how the lives of people had been affected after the abrogation of Article 370 and the lockdown in the Valley. “Our children have not been able to move out of their houses. My brother is a heart patient. He could not see the doctor for 10 days. We are in trouble,” she can be heard saying.

Similar reports were also published by Outlook India and The Indian Express in 2019.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared the same video on Twitter in August 2019, with a caption: “How long is this going to continue? This is one out of millions of people who are being silenced and crushed in the name of “Nationalism”. For those who accuse the opposition of ‘politicising’ this issue”

Hence, we can conclusively say that the incident occurred in a Srinagar-Delhi flight, and the woman was talking about the abrogation of Article 370 and lockdown in the Valley. And the  video has been widely shared with misleading claims.

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