The woman in the video who was claimed to be Abhinandan Varthaman's wife (Image: TWITTER: @yuvadesh)
In the video, the woman requests fellow Indians and politicians not to politicise the sacrifice of soldiers. The video has been shared widely across multiple social media channels gaining over 239,000 views and 14,000 shares. The Indian Youth Congress’ online magazine, Yuva Desh, tweeted the one-minute video purporting that the message was from Mr Varthaman’s wife. The video was also retweeted by Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and other members of the government.
The woman has since been identified as Sirisha Rao who is the wife of an army officer but not of Mr Varthaman.
She said on Twitter after the video went viral: “I am the wife of an Army officer.
"A responsible citizen of India. I shared my feelings as our sentiments were hurt by some politicians.”
Mr Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces as tensions between Pakistan and India escalated this week.
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Mr Varthaman was captured by Pakistani forces as tensions between Pakistan and India escalated (Image: EPA)
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