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
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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