Fact Check: Video of woman attempting suicide is from China, not India

A video of a woman trying to jump in front of a train is viral on social media. Users claim she was upset because of being unemployed.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  29 Sep 2021 3:39 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of woman attempting suicide is from China, not India

Hyderabad: A video of a woman trying to jump in front of a train is viral on social media. Users claim she was upset because of being unemployed.

Though the place is not mentioned, users imply it has happened somewhere in India.

"'#railway_groupd_examdate'. In view of two years after filling the application form, Railway Group D job aspirants are still waiting for the exam dates, as per reports," read one of the messages.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/competitive-exams/railway-group-d-exam-date-two-years-on-candidates-still-await-official-update-101632718834715.html

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FactCheck:

The claim is false.

To begin with, NewsMeter did a reverse search of the keyframes of the video. The longer version of the same video was uploaded on YouTube channel of China's state-affiliated media `CCTV' on May 13, 2017.

In the longer video, uniforms worn by people are different from that of Indian railways staff.

Some pictures of the video can be seen below.


"A railway worker saved a young woman who attempted to commit suicide in Putian City, east China's Fujian Province," reads the thumbnail.

Later, NewsMeter found other reports that identified the woman as a college student.

"A worker named Weng Jianzhong runs after her, managing to grab her arm just as she is about to jump off the station platform. In the struggle to save the young woman's life, Wang falls backward and cracks the back of his head on the ground. Moments later, the train rushes by," reads another report.

http://shanghaiist.com/2017/05/11/train-suicide-saved/

India Today and NDTV had also reported the incident in 2017.

Hence, the claim is false. The incident took place in 2017 in China's Putian city.

Claim Review:The video shows a young woman trying to kill herself due to stress over unemployment. Many social media users assume the incident to be from India.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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