Video of woman knifed by a man in Jharkhand viral with a communal angle

A 42-second video clip shows a woman with open wounds on her neck and right cheek. At a distance, a mob can be seen apprehending the alleged perpetrator who knifed the woman. She pleads to the men recording the clip, “Please don’t upload this on social media” and is given assurance from one among the crowd. The clip is viral on both Facebook and Twitter with the claim that “Hindu brothers saved a Hindu girl” in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh.

The complete message reads, “ये घटना है झारखंड के रामगढ़ जिले के पतरातू घाटी की जहां हिन्दू भाइयो की सतर्कता ने एक हिन्दू लड़की की जान बचाई। शांतिदूत लड़की को मारने के उद्देश्य से घुमाने ले आया था ।।”

The same clip has also been shared with the claim that the perpetrator’s name is Nafees. “झारखंड के रामगढ़ का निवासी नफ़ीस अपनी हिंदू गर्लफ़्रेंड को घुमाने ले गया था और उसपर कैंची से ताबड़तोड़ प्रहार करने लगा, आसपास के लोगों की जागरुकता से पकड़ा गया, लेकिन लानत है हिंदू लड़कियों पर जो इनका शिकार बनती हैं.. जागरुक बनो बेवक़ूफ़ नहीं..”

Another video of the same incident, 1:12 minutes long, has been widely shared using a message that subtly induces a ‘love Jihad’ angle. “पिथौरिया घाटी में अपनी गर्लफ्रेंड को घुमाने के बहाने लाया था और मर्डर कर रहा था ये लड़का ये हरामी चंदवा का रहने वाला है जरा इसकी जात का पता करें मुझे तो दाल में काला काला नजर आ रहा है कोई बड़ी साजिश रची गई थी लड़की के लिए शायद लव …… का मामला हो सकता है (He got his girlfriend to Pithoria ghati under the false pretext of taking her out but wanted to murder her. He is a resident of Chandwa, need to find out his community because I believe there is a conspiracy, maybe it’s a case of love…)”

A 28-second video of the incident has also been circulated with a message warning Hindu girls to stay safe – “पिथौरिया घाटी में अपनी गर्लफ्रेंड घुमाने लाया था और मर्डर कर रहा था ये लड़का हिन्दु लड़किया ध्यान से देखो इस वीडियो को कितना घिनौना है यह आदमी .”

NO COMMUNAL ANGLE

The incident dates back to September 15, 2019, when a youth named Arvind Kumar knifed his alleged girlfriend suspecting she was having an affair with another man. Kumar, a resident of Chandwa, had come to Ranchi to meet the woman. They were riding a bike on Patratu Valley when they got into an argument and Kumar stabbed the woman. She screamed and tried to escape when passers-by spotted her and apprehended Kumar who was later arrested by Pithoria police. The incident was reported by Prabhat Khabar and Etv Bharatwhich we found via a keyword search on Google.

Alt News contacted Pithoria police and was told that the woman had been ignoring Kumar’s calls who confronted her regarding the matter. Enraged with her audacity, he stabbed her with a knife. The police further informed that the woman hailed from the same community as the perpetrator.

A video of men thrashing a person who knifed a woman allegedly over a spat between the couple has been presented on social media with a communal angle. Incidents of crimes against women are often circulated on social media with false claims pinning the blame on the Muslim community. Earlier, cases from Pakistan (1, 2) were shared with the same narrative in the Indian social media ecosystem.

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