In a viral video circulating on social media, it is claimed that the police of the Shivraj government in Madhya Pradesh resorted to lathi-charge on women. The video shows a male police officer beating a woman. Users claim that these women were participating in a protest, which is why the police resorted to violence.
The video was shared by Anil Kumar, the IT cell promoter of Bhim Army Rajasthan, who wrote, “Welcome to our dear sisters by brothers in Bhopal today.”
Dinesh Singh, the executive president of the OBC Mahasabha, also posted the video on his Twitter account.
To fact-check the viral video, the DFRAC team converted the frames using the InVID tool and conducted reverse searches. During this process, we found the video on the YouTube channel “WU LIVE.” The video was uploaded four years ago on September 25, 2019.
The video description mentioned that it was a protest by anganwadi workers at the CM’s residence in Ranchi. The women were peacefully demonstrating with nine demands, but suddenly, a female worker became aggressive. Instead of trying to calm her down, a police officer began beating her with a baton. Several women were injured in the brutal lathi-charge, and one worker’s hand was also fractured.
For further investigation, our team searched the news related to this incident. During this time we received a report from News Click.In which the screen grab of the viral video has been used as the feature image.
It was told in this report that the workers of Anganwadi Sevika Sahayika Sangh, who were protesting in Ranchi on September 24, were beaten by the police on the 40th day of the protest. Women were allegedly beaten up by male police officers during a protest outside the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The video of this incident went viral on social media.
This fact-check confirms that the viral video is misleading. It is not from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, but from Ranchi, Jharkhand. Additionally, the video is four years old.