No, This Video Doesn't Show an Attack on a Nepali National in Bengaluru

"The video shows Archana Reddy being beaten to death by her husband Naveen Kumar," DCP Bengaluru City told us.

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A video showing a woman being attacked by a group of men on a busy road is going viral on social media with a claim that a girl from Nepal was allegedly murdered on the Mahatma Gandhi road in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

(Note: We have refrained from adding any archive links due to the distressing nature of the visuals.)

"The video shows Archana Reddy being beaten to death by her husband Naveen Kumar," DCP Bengaluru City told us.

The video is viral on Facebook and Twitter.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

What's the truth?: Although this video is from Bengaluru, Karnataka, it does not show a Nepali woman being attacked.

  • This video dates back to December 2021 when a Bengaluru resident Archana Reddy (38) was allegedly murdered by her second husband Naveen Kumar (35) over a property dispute.

  • Reddy's 21-year-old daughter from her first marriage was also reportedly involved.


How did we find out the truth?: We performed a reverse image search on some of the keyframes of the video and came across a news report published by One India Kannada on 30 December 2021.

  • The report carried a few screenshots from the viral video and stated that the video showed the murder of Archana Reddy in Bengaluru, allegedly by her husband Kumar.

  • Reportedly, Reddy had lodged a complaint with Jigani Police Station against Kumar after he started threatening her, but the police took no action.

  • This article about Archana Reddy's alleged murder was posted on 20 December 2021.

    (Source: One India/Screenshot)

Other reports about the incident: Several media outlets like The News Minute, The Indian Express, and Hindustan Times reported on this incident in December 2021.

  • The Indian Express article stated that Reddy's daughter and Kumar were demanding a share in her ancestral property and some alimony that she got from her first husband, Aravind.

  • The report also mentioned that Reddy was dragged out of her car at Bengaluru's Hosa road while she was driving back home with her minor son on 27 December 2021.

  • It added that Reddy's daughter, Kumar, and his aides Santosh Kumar (29), Anupam Singa (24), Narendra (30) and Anand (29) were later arrested.


Police's statement about the incident: We reached out to CK Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Bengaluru City, South East who confirmed to us that this is an old video.

  • He also stated that this video does not show a woman from Nepal being attacked in Bengaluru.

  • "The video shows Archana Reddy (38) being beaten to death by her husband, Naveen Kumar, along with his few aides. Kumar was 33 when this incident happened in Bengaluru. Nine people were arrested for this murder," Baba added.

  • We also found a tweet by the DCP which stated that this video is not recent.

"The video shows Archana Reddy being beaten to death by her husband Naveen Kumar," DCP Bengaluru City told us.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Conclusion: An old video from 2021 showing a group of men thrashing a woman is being shared with a false claim that it shows a woman from Nepal being beaten in Bengaluru.

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