A video which shows policemen thrashing women is circulating in the context of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Among the group of women is one who’s worn a burqa.
— Md Saqib Raza (@mdsaqibrazaaem) December 27, 2019
A Twitter user has shared the clip with the caption, “अगर मिडिया नही दिखायगा तो हमे ही पुरे भारत को यह दिखाना होगा । VIRAL करो बजरडीहा वाराणसी” (Translation: If the media doesn’t show then we will have to show it to all of India. Make the video viral. Bajardiha Varanasi.).
The caption implies that the video is related to anti-CAA protests in Varanasi where police used force to disperse protestors in Bajardiha.
A closer look at the video shows that the policemen are wearing a badge of the flag of Pakistan on their uniforms.
A reverse search of a frame from the video on Yandex led us to several tweets by Pakistani users where the same video was shared. The earliest we found was from June 26, 2019.
یہ تو واقعی نیا پاکستان بن رہا ھے😡 pic.twitter.com/hIBoTFSJT2
— T̤a̤l̤h̤a̤ G̤h̤o̤ṳr̤i̤ (@TalhaGhouri786) June 26, 2019
EARLIER VIRAL AS ‘KASHMIR’
The same video was viral in September with the claim that Kashmiri women were assaulted by the Indian army. From the Facebook account of one Shamim Hossain, the clip garnered 41,000 shares.
Posted by Shamim Hossain on Saturday, 7 September 2019
An old video of Pakistan police assaulting women is being circulated with the false claim that the cops in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh thrashed the women.
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