Fact Check: Old incident of murder of gang-rape victim, her mother from UP passed off as recent

By Vamsi Krishna Pothuru  Published on  20 Oct 2020 5:22 AM GMT
Fact Check: Old incident of murder of gang-rape victim, her mother from UP passed off as recent

Hyderabad: Video of two women bodies lying on the road became viral on social media. Users claimed that a gang-rape victim and her mother were killed when they were going to file a complaint against the accused in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj.

"When the gang-rape victim and her mother went to the police station to write a complaint in Kasganj, both of them were crushed to death. #EndYogisRapeRaj," reads the claim



Archive of the post can be accessed here.

The same claim shared widely on Facebook.

Archive of the Facebook post can be accessed here.

Fact Check:

This incident indeed happened in Uttar Pradesh, but it is not recently as claimed in the viral posts. UP police issued a clarification on Twitter.

Official Twitter handle of Kasganj Police, UP issued a video statement clarifying that this incident happened in the Amapur area of Kasganj district in July 2020 and all the accused were arrested.



Archive here.

Taking a cue from the police statement, Newsmeter did a keyword search and came across several media reports about the incident dating back to July 16, 2020. According to The Logical Indian, "A 17-year-old gang-rape victim and her mother were crushed to death after one of her rapists ran over them with a tractor in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj district on July 14, police said. The accused, aged 35, was arrested the next day on July 15 and a murder case was registered against him and his younger brother."

The same incident was reported by India Today, Indian Express and others.

So it is evident from both media reports and the police statement that this is an old incident and not recent as claimed in the viral posts.

Claim Review:incident of murder of gang-rape victim, her mother from UP
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Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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