Hyderabad: Social media is flooded with misinformation following the recent Nice church attack and the murder of a teacher, Samuel Patty, in France. Amidst this, several social media users shared a video of a burqa-clad woman being assaulted by a man in front of her children reportedly in France. The caption of the video read, 'Trends start coming from France.'


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The same video was also shared widely on Facebook.

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Fact Check:

The claim that the video is from France is FALSE. The incident happened in Nizhnekamsk, a city in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, in July 2020.

A reverse image search of one of the keyframes of the video on Yandex led to a YouTube video uploaded by RuNews24 on 8 July 2020. The video is titled 'A maniac who attacked women was detained in Tatarstan.'


The description of the video states, "Footage from CCTV cameras appeared on the web which shows how a man attacked women in parks. According to some reports, the attacker was previously convicted. He admitted that the reason for his behaviour was his hateful attitude towards women."

NewsMeter also came across a report by Russia newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (kp.ru) published on 8 July 2020. The article featured the same viral video and wrote, "Several women turned to the police of Tatarstan Nizhnekamsk, one of them was pregnant. All of them said that when they were walking in the city park Family, they became victims of an attack by an unknown person."

The same incident was reported by Tatarstan24, TV Channel 360, and others.

In conclusion, the video showing a man assaulting a burqa-clad woman is not from France. The incident occurred in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Therefore, the claims are 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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