Does this video show RSS morons assaulting a woman for selling meat? No, viral video with false claim

A video showing a group of men destroying a small shop and harassing and stripping a woman has gone viral on social media.

The video has gone viral amid growing violence around people’s eating habits, as recent violence between ABVP and JNU students indicates.

Claim:

The video shows a group of men using rods to uproot a structure that appears to be a small shop. Meanwhile, a woman protests against these men. The group of men then assault the woman by dragging her and stripping her. Others try to intervene but are also attacked.

The video went viral with the following claim:

#Atrocities Captioned video shows RSS gangsters beating and stripping a woman in the middle of the road in Pratapgarh, India. His offence? Do not close butcher shops despite threats from extremist groups. #DalitLivesMatter

[Trigger Warning: The Logical Indian has not embedded the video due to its graphic nature and strong language.]

The viral posts claim the captioned video shows RSS thugs beating and stripping a woman in the middle of the road in Pratapgarh, India. The video was shared amid violence by right-wing extremist meat eating groups.

It is widely shared on Facebook and Twitter with a similar claim.

Fact check:

The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the virus claim and found it to be false. The viral video is linked to a land dispute.

We did a keyword search using Hindi terms, such as “प्रतापगढ़ महिला” (Pratapgadh woman). We came across the following report from ABP Live, which contains a snapshot of the viral video.

The report details the situation shown in the viral video and additional information. The incident happened a few meters from the police station in Mandhata, a village in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh.

The article talks about a few men who took the law into their own hands and began to uproot a “gummyor kiosk. A woman has protested the destruction of the kiosk, which the article says is her source of income. The woman’s infant daughter rushes to help her but is beaten. Those who try to intervene in woman undressing are beaten up.

Following this, we did another keyword search which included Hindi terms such as “मंधाता” and “पिटाई” (Mandhata and Beating). We came across this Amarujala Report which provides more information about the assault on Anita Gupta and her daughters. The report describes Gupta as the leader of the local self-help group.

She had set up a kiosk near her previous residence, which led to a dispute between Gupta and a local resident Satyanaryan Soni. Soni and other men knocked down the gazebo on March 30, 2022.

Following the assault on Gupta, women from the self-help groups gathered outside the Mandhata police station on March 31, 2022. The women demanded justice for Gupta, which led to a confrontation between the police and the women.

We also came across this social media statement shared by Pratapgarh Police. In the video, the police commissioner explains that the violence between Gupta and Soni was caused by a land dispute. Mandhata Police Station has registered an FIR against the Soni after a complaint by the Guptas based on the section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to cause a breach of the peace) and article 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation).

FIR against three members of both families was registered under section 151 (gathering to disturb public order).

Logical Indian team contacted Mandhata Police Station Udayveer Singh. He said, “There is no RSS involvement in the incident as viral social media posts claim. The incident was a land dispute between the Gupta and Soni families. The Sonis had a residence behind the kiosk set up by Gupta; as a result, an obstruction was created for them. This led to a dispute between the two parties. Soni attempted to remove the gazebo and Gupta resisted, which ultimately led to the assault of Anita Gupta and her daughters. The investigation into this incident is ongoing..”

Conclusion:

Viral social media posts claim that RSS gangsters beat and stripped a woman in Pratapgarh, India. The video was shared claiming that right-wing extremist groups targeted a woman because she had not closed her shop, which sold meat.

In reality, the incident is a land dispute between Anita Gupta and Satyanaryan Soni and has no community angle. The investigation into Gupta’s assault is ongoing, according to authorities at Mandhata Police Station.

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