A video is circulating on social media with the claim that Uttar Pradesh police hit a pregnant woman on her stomach with a lathi. One Sanjay Vishwadharmi tweeted the clip on February 4, 2020. His tweet has drawn 745 likes and retweeted 654 times. Sanjay claims to be a supporter of the Indian National Congress.
बहुत ही निंदनीय और शर्मनाक ईको गार्डेन में दे रहे धरना प्रदर्शन में प्रेग्नेंट महिला अभ्यार्थी के पेट पर योगी सरकार की पुलिस ने मारी लाठी?@priyankagandhi @MahilaCongress @AjayLalluINC pic.twitter.com/aLiQ1pSIFY
— Sanjay विश्वकर्मा (@SanjayV_INC) February 4, 2020
The tweet reads,“बहुत ही निंदनीय और शर्मनाक ईको गार्डेन में दे रहे धरना प्रदर्शन में प्रेग्नेंट महिला अभ्यार्थी के पेट पर योगी सरकार की पुलिस ने मारी लाठी?”(Translation: A shameful incident happened during a protest at Eco garden. The police of Yogi government hit a pregnant woman on her stomach with a stick.)
Social media coordinator for Congress Seva Dal (South Zone) also tweeted the video and wrote, “police atrocity in UP has breached all levels of humanity.”
The claim is also circulating on Facebook
Alt News ran a reverse search and found that the same picture was shared with an identical claim on a tweet made by Congress media panellist Pankhuri Pathak on September 5, 2018. Pathak was with the Samajwadi Party when she shared the clip. She wrote that UP police lathi-charged ‘BEDETE2011’ students.
आज BEDTET2011 के अभ्यर्थियों पर लाठियाँ बरसाते समय @Uppolice ने गर्भवती महिला के पेट पर लाठी मार दी ।
ये कैसा महिला सम्मान है ?
शर्म आती है @myogiadityanath जी .. उत्तर प्रदेश की चीख़ें सुन कर शर्म आ रही है ?
या किसी और का दुःख दर्द महसूस करने की क्षमता ख़त्म हो चुकी है ? pic.twitter.com/BueUroP7FG
— Pankhuri Pathak پنکھڑی (@pankhuripathak) September 5, 2018
A keyword search took us to a news report published by Live Hindustan, according to which, hundreds of successful candidates of BEd-TET 2011 had gathered for a protest at Eco garden, Lucknow on September 5, 2018, demanding their appointment. The woman who was hit was four months pregnant.
Thus, an old video of a pregnant woman injured in police lathi-charge in Uttar Pradesh is viral on social media, giving the impression that the incident recently took place.
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