In connection with recent incidents reported in Karnataka over the Hijab Row, a video is going viral on social media. In the viral video, some women wearing burqas are protesting, and police officers are seen thrashing those women with sticks. A woman can also be seen trying to stop a policeman from lathi-charge. While sharing the viral video, it is claimed that Karnataka police thrashed Muslim women protesting against the hijab ban in educational institutions.
A Twitter user shared this video with a Hindi caption that reads, "ये मीडिया कभी कुछ सही नही दिखा सकती भाईयो लेकिन आप लोग आप दिखा सकते हो आपके जितने भी दोस्त है या ग्रुप है ये वीडियो हर ग्रुप और हर दोस्त को शेयर करे ताकि आपकी जो आज कर्नाटक में हो रहा है कल वो आपके सात ना हो प्लीज जादा शेयर करे इन सब बहनों की मदद करे ताकि इन सब को इंसाफ मिल सके."
[English Translation: This media can never show anything right, brothers, but you guys can show all your friends or groups, share this video to every group and every friend so that what is happening in Karnataka today doesn't happen with you tomorrow, please Share more, help all these sisters so that all of them can get justice.]
Another Facebook user wrote, "#सितमगरों_याद_रखो_खुदा_भी_है ये वीडियो कर्नाटक का बताया जा रहा है. ये मीडिया कभी कुछ सही नही दिखा सकती भाईयो लेकिन आप लोग दिखा सकते हो आपके जितने भी दोस्त है या ग्रुप है ये वीडियो हर ग्रुप और हर दोस्त को शेयर करे ताकि आपकी जो आज कर्नाटक में हो रहा है कल वो आपके साथ ना हो प्लीज ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर करे इन सब बहनों की मदद करे ताकि इन सब को इंसाफ मिल सके.]
It is being widely shared on Facebook with a similar claim.
Karnataka police thrashed Muslim women protesting against the hijab ban in educational institutions.
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it to be misleading. The viral video is from Ghaziabad, UP.
We used InVid's Keyframe Analysis tool to conduct a reverse image search on the video. We came across several media reports in which the still of the viral video can be seen. According to the report of Hindustan dated 16 February 2020, the viral incident took place in the Khoda police station area, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The title of the video reads, "हिजाब विवादः गाजियाबाद में मुस्लिम महिलाओं पर पुलिस का लाठीचार्ज, वीडियो वायरल से हड़कंप." [English Translation: Hijab controversy: Police lathicharge on Muslim women in Ghaziabad, stirred by video viral.]
According to the report of TV9, a case has been registered against 20 women for taking out a rally in support of the hijab without permission. The Muslim women protesters did not have permission from the district administration to protest, which is considered to violate Section 144 in force in the area. Later, a scuffle between the protesters and Police led to Lathi Charge, as seen in the viral video.
On searching more, we also found a tweet done by the Ghaziabad Police official Twitter handle. While replying to NDTV Journalist Mukesh Singh Sengar, Ghaziabad Police confirms that the incident took place in UP and not Karnataka. It also mentions the case details.
It is evident from the tweet of Ghaziabad Police that though the protest is related to the Hijab controversy, the viral video is from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and not Karnataka. Hence, the viral claim is misleading.
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