Video of Tribal Girl Beaten by Kin in MP Given Communal Twist
The incident is from Dhar where a tribal woman was assaulted by her family for her alleged involvement with a Dalit.
A video showing a girl being brutally beaten by a group of men is being circulated on social media with the claim that the victim is a Hindu woman being assaulted by Muslim men.
The Quint received queries on its WhatsApp helpline regarding the veracity of the communal claim with which the video is being shared.
TRUE OR FALSE?
The narrative with which the video is being shared is completely false. The incident took place in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar, where a 21-year-old tribal woman was assaulted by her family members for being allegedly involved with a Dalit man.
The incident was reported to the police, following which four of the seven accused were arrested.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
The Quint followed Twitter threads to arrive at the UP Police Fact Check account which hinted towards the fact that the video was not from their state but from Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar.
Once the incident’s location was known, we looked up the incident on Google using the key words “Dhar women beaten for eloping with Dalit” and found out news reports which had covered the case.
A report by The Hindu identified the victim as a 21-year-old tribal woman who was beaten up by her kin for her alleged involvement with a Dalit man.
Speaking to The Quint, Dhar’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Aaditya Pratap Singh confirmed the incident and said that the girl in the video had fled with a Dalit man but after she returned home, her parents wanted her to get married to a man of their community. However when she disagreed, she was beaten up by her brothers and uncle.
He also added that while four people have been arrested, three others are on the run.
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