“अगर आपने हेलमेट नहीं लगाया तो इन पुलिस वालों को मारने का अधिकार किसने दिया ” (If you are not wearing a helmet, who has given policemen the right to use physical force- translated). This message accompanies a video clip which has been shared on social media. The 58 second video clip shows policemen thrashing a man wearing jeans and a blue t-shirt.

अगर आपने हेलमेट नहीं लगाया तो इन पुलिस वालों को मारने का अधिकार किसने दिया…………

Posted by जय जवान on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The above post is by a page जय जवान. It has been viewed over 67,000 times and shared over 3,500 times since it was posted on September 10. Several individual users have posted the video on Facebook, with identical text. The video has also been posted on Twitter.


The accompanying social media claim is false. The video is not related to violation of traffic regulations and consequent police action. Alt News took a frame from the video clip and reverse-searched it on Google. The search result threw up a link to a MyNation report, titled ‘Karnataka: Kodagu police thrash youth for eve-teasing; video goes viral’.

The report, containing the same video clip now doing the rounds, was dated June 23, 2019. It stated that a video had gone viral showing Kodagu police thrashing two men who were accused of eve-teasing near a college in Kodagu. “The duo, who hail from Kerala’s Malappuram, had come to Kodagu in a car and were reportedly seen eve-teasing girls near a college. Virajpet residents immediately caught the duo and began to thrash them in public. Later, they were handed over to the Virajpet police where they were seen thrashing the youth for their behaviour in public. The video of them beating up the youths went viral on social media on Saturday (June 22) evening.”, the report stated.

The same was reported by Deccan Herald.


Alt News found another report by a Kannada portal, which stated the same. It may be noted that the video showing policemen thrashing a person, is from Kodagu, Karnataka and pertains to an eve-teasing case. It is not related to the new traffic rules for penalties, or its aftermath.

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Arjun Sidharth is a writer with Alt News. He has previously worked in the television news industry, where he managed news bulletins and breaking news scenarios, apart from scripting numerous prime time television stories. He has also been actively involved with various freelance projects. Sidharth has studied economics, political science, international relations and journalism. He has a keen interest in books, movies, music, sports, politics, foreign policy, history and economics. His hobbies include reading, watching movies and indoor gaming.