Trigger warning: Violence

A video of a man beating a woman is being widely shared on social media. In the video, this man first hits the woman with a stick and grabs her hair violently. It is being claimed that the man is Muslim while the woman is Hindu. Social media users are amplifying the footage with captions like, “A few days ago when people would call her out on Twitter, she would call them haters who are discriminating on the basis of religion. Now is she enjoying secularism with her Abdul? Take a close look.”

Twitter blue handle ‘@jajabor_sanjeev’ made the same claim while sharing this video. (Archived link)

Another Twitter user has also tweeted this video with a similar claim. (Archived link)

Many other users also posted this video on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fact Check

To gather information about the video, Alt News performed a keyword search on YouTube. We found a report dated June 5 by a YouTube channel named ‘India News‘ covering the viral video. It mentions that the incident occurred in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh and the couple seen in the clip are husband and wife. The man has been identified as Shivam.

Another video report by MSS NEWS included a statement by the victim, identified as Jyoti Yadav. Jyoti reveals that her husband had beaten her because of dowry. He also had an affair with another woman. After beating up his wife, he took her to a place near a railway gate and threatened her with dire consequences if she said anything other than what her husband told her to. At the end of the statement, Jyoti explains that no action was taken thus far following her complaint.

After the fight, Shivam fled, leaving his wife and two daughters behind. Later, the woman went to a police station in a critical condition, and was admitted to a hospital. At the same time, the victim’s mother lodged a complaint against Shivam and his parents at the Bakwer police station. Zee Salaam and ABP Live also published reports covering this incident.

Using this information as a clue, we found a report by Amar Ujala which stated that Shivam Yadav brutally beat his wife Jyoti in Nahariya village in Bakwar region. The reason for the assault was said to be non-fulfillment of dowry promises. It also quotes the woman’s mother, Munni Devi, as saying that Shivam and her daughter had got married five years ago. Shivam, a driver by profssion, often beat up Jyoti over dowry demands.

To sum it up, the man who beat up his wife in the viral video is not a Muslim. The individual has been identified as Shivam, who allegedly beat his wife over dowry demands.

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About the Author

Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.