Fact Check: Truth about viral video alleging Chinese ambassador’s wife beat Pakistani maid

The video shows the woman pulling the victim by her hair as onlookers try to stop her

chinese ambassador Screen grabs from the video

A disturbing video which alleged that the wife of the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Nong Rong, assaulted her Pakistani maid had gone viral on social media. However, the claim has been debunked as reports revealed that Rong is currently not the Chinese ambassador to the country. 

The viral video posted on July 21 purportedly shows a woman thrashing another on the street in broad daylight as the latter tries to escape her. The woman even pulls the victim by her hair and kicks her in the stomach as onlookers try to stop her.

The clip was posted on the Twitter handle, @gharkekalesh, with the caption, “Kalesh b/w wife of Chinese ambassador and her Pakistani Maid”. Some other pages that posted the video alleged that the incident happened in a Lahore market and claimed that maid was caught drinking juice from the envoy’s wife’s bottle without permission, the outlet reported.

The original video was posted on May 31, 2023, and the caption claimed it was “video footage of a Chinese woman physically attacking a Pakistani lady in public without anyone intervening in the Punjab region.”

An HT report published on June 1, 2023, said it was an unverified video of a Chinese woman beating, dragging and humiliating a Pakistani woman. However, none of the media outlets including ABP Live and Zee News have reported that the woman is the Chinese envoy’s wife.

Besides, a February 8 report by Global Times revealed that the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Rong was appointed as the country’s assistant minister of foreign affairs, confirming that he was not an envoy to the country when the video was circulated, both in May and July.

The Week cannot independently verify the authenticity of the viral video. A report by newschecker.in claimed that local journalists have confirmed that Pakistani media did not report any such incidents. The outlet quoted AB Arisar, a journalist with Dawn, as saying, “No such incident happened or has been reported in any area of Pakistan”.

The video has been viewed by 108.8K users when this article was published.

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