A video, showing three women crossing a river by walking on bamboo sticks to fetch water, has gone viral on social media.
What is the claim?: The video was shared by several social media users with a claim that it is from Uttar Pradesh, thereby questioning the state of development.
How did we find that out?: We extracted keyframes from the viral video using the InVID WeVerify Google Chrome extension and ran a reverse image search on some of them.
While going through the results, we found the same video uploaded on Twitter on 24 July, which said that it was from Nashik.
A keyword search for "women crossing river Nashik" led us to a tweet by Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Aaditya Thackeray from 11 January.
The tweet had a similar image of women crossing a river by walking on bamboo sticks and said that the then Maharashtra government had built a bridge for women to cross the river.
So, how old is the photo?: Another keyword search in Marathi led us to a video uploaded on Marathi-language daily Sakal's YouTube channel. It was premiered on 21 July 2022.
The video mentioned that the bridge was built in Nashik's Shendripada-Kharshat in January and was washed off in July due to heavy rains in the area.
The reporter and locals also talked about the problems faced by people in the village to fetch water after the bridge was swept away. The same women could be seen in the backdrop while the reporter was speaking to the locals.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also took note of the issue and directed the administration to construct the bridge.
A local journalist from Nashik, Ram Girase, also confirmed that the video was from Nashik.
Conclusion: Social media users shared a video from Maharashtra's Nashik with a false claim that it was from Uttar Pradesh.
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