A distressing video showing a woman being brutally thrashed by a man is circulating on social media with a false claim that the woman, a Hindu, went against her father's wishes and married a Muslim man who is now physically abusing her.
BOOM found that the claim has been given a false communal spin and that this incident is from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, where a man named Shivam Yadav had beaten up his wife Jyoti Yadav due to a family dispute.
The 21-second clip contains disturbing scenes and shows a man brutally beating a woman using a stick. After this, he throws her on a cot as she screams and pleads with him to leave, but to no avail.
The video is viral on Facebook with a communal caption that reads, “Today she is missing the father whom she had kicked out. A few days back, many people had explained this on Twitter, then she said, you are a Hindu-Muslim hater. Now she is enjoying secularism with her Abdul, look carefully, show it to the children and forward it."
(Original text in Hindi: “जिस पापा को लात मार कर आ गई थी, आज उस पापा को याद कर रही है। कुछ दिन पहले इसको ट्विटर पर बहुत से लोगों ने समझाया था, तो बोली तुम नफरती हो हिंदू मुस्लिम करते हो । अब यह अपने अब्दुल के साथ सेक्युलरिज्म इंजॉय कर रही हैं, गौर से देखिए, बच्चों को दिखाइए और आगे फॉरवर्ड कीजिए”.)
BOOM also received the video on our WhatsApp Tipline (7700906588).
BOOM found that the video was given a false communal spin, and both the people shown in the video are Hindus, and are married to each other.
Using some keyframes from the video, we ran a reverse image search and found a tweet from June 6 that mentioned the location of the video-- Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. Etawah Police had also responded to the tweet.
Etawah Police's response can be translated to, "In relation to the case, charges have been registered at Bakewar police station under relevant sections. The police is trying to arrest the accused."
Taking a cue from this, we looked for more information about the incident and found this report by Dainik Bhaskar published on June 3 that carried the same visuals.
According to Dainik Bhaskar, this incident is from the Bakewar area in Etawah, where a man named Shivam Yadav brutally beat up his wife, Jyoti, due to a family feud. The condition of the victim had worsened due to the beating, and when her mother found out about it, she took her to the Bakewar police station. The police admitted her to a government hospital for initial treatment, but she was shifted to a private hospital by her family after her condition became critical.
The report also mentions that the victim's mother, Munni Yadav had filed a case against the woman's husband and other family members in this matter. Along with this, the report also quotes Munni Yadav and claims that her daughter married Shivam Yadav, son of Awadesh Yadav of Nahraiya village in Bakewar, about 5 years ago as per Hindu rituals. Munni Yadav had also accused her son-in-law of harassing his daughter in the past and beating her up over a dowry dispute.
A report by Amar Ujala's website published on June 3 also confirmed that the man and woman, Jyoti and Shivam Yadav, were married.