Trigger Warning: Violence

A video of a man beating up a woman is being widely shared on social media. In the video, the man first slaps the woman and later kicks and punches her in the face and body. At the end of the footage, she is seen in an unconscious state. It is claimed that the incident is a case of ‘Love Jihad’ and the assailant is from the Muslim community.

Twitter user ANGRY BIRD 💎(@angryladki) tweeted the video with the hashtag ‘#lovejihad’ and suggested the perpetrator was a Muslim. She used the phrase ‘Abdullah Puncturewallah’ in a distorted spelling in Hindi, which is a derogatory term often used by the Right Wing to refer to Muslims. (Archived link)

Twitter user Ranjana Singh shared the clip and described the boy as a Muslim. The tweet was viewed more than 11,000 times and garnered 425 retweets before it was deleted. (Archived link)

This video is also being shared on Twitter and Facebook with a similar claim.

Fact Check

Alt News found some media reports dated December 2022 while investigating the clip. According to an Aaj Tak report, this incident is from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. As per the article, a video of a 19-year-old girl from the Mauganj area being brutally thrashed by her lover Pankaj Tripathi had gone viral. The report also mentions that police arrested 24-year-old Tripathi. In addition, Bharat Saket, the boy who filmed the clip, was also taken into custody.

An NDTV India report quoted additional superintendent of police Anil Sonkar as saying, “The young man and the woman were in contact for a long time. The young man was insisting on marrying the girl but the girl’s relatives were not agreeing, and hence she also refused to marry him. This angered the youth and he beat up his girlfriend.”

In several other media reports (link 1, link 2, link 3) the accused has been identified as Pankaj Tripathi. However, these reports claimed that the woman was insisting on marrying Pankaj.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s office tweeted that “Criminal Pankaj Tripathi was arrested and his home was razed with a bulldozer. Driver Pankaj’s driving license has also been cancelled.”

To sum it up, a man named Pankaj Tripathi brutally beat up his 19-year-old girlfriend in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. Users shared a video of this incident falsely claiming that he was a Muslim, along with giving this incident a false communal angle.

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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.