A 44-second clip is viral on social media where a group of policemen can be seen manhandling women. A parody account dedicated to journalist Pushpendra Kulshreshtha @KPUSHPENDRA15 shared the clip and claimed that it shows Pakistani policemen thrashing Hindu women, a minority in the country. The video is circulating in the view of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which seeks to provide a legal route for non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to apply for Indian citizenship.

[Message in Hindi: पाकिस्तान में हिन्दू अल्पसंख्यको पर अत्याचार, हिन्दू महिलाओं को बुरी तरह मारते घसीटते पाकिस्तान के मर्द पुलिसकर्मी और यहां कुछ हराम के पिल्ले रौंहिग्याओ और बांग्लादेशियों को अपना अब्बू बनाने के लिये CAA का विरोध कर रहे हैं….]

The clip is massively viral on Facebook.

FACT-CHECK

Alt News broke the video into multiple keyframes using InVID and reverse-searched one of the frames on Google. This led us to a January 4, 2019 broadcast by Pakistan-based channel News 24 HD. According to its report, policemen in Punjab brutally thrashed women.

A keyword search redirected us to a January 6, 2019 report in Dawn which said, “According to police sources, Haleema Bibi, wife of Nazir, her sister-in-law Anwari Bibi and four others were present in their house in Mohallah Rehmanabad when ASI Ghulam Mohammad Jappah, with two constables and a private person, Aashi Jappah, forced their entry on the pretext of arresting a suspect.” The report also added that three cops were suspended.

Therefore, the claim that Hindu women were beaten is baseless.

A Pakistani journalist Tayyab Ahmad Jutt shared the suspension letter of the three policemen – an officer and two constables.

An old incident from Pakistan’s Punjab was thus revived and communalised on social media in the view of protests against the CAA.

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