Fact Check: Old news about AP village fining women for wearing nighties during day shared as recent

The claim is misleading and the news clipping being shared as a recent incident is from 2018

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  14 Nov 2021 9:16 AM GMT
Fact Check: Old news about AP village fining women for wearing nighties during day shared as recent

Hyderabad: A Telugu newspaper clipping that says women will be fined Rs. 2,000 for wearing nighties during the day is going viral on social media.

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The news is also being widely shared on WhatsApp.


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Fact Check:

The claim is MISLEADING.

NewsMeter ran a keyword search and found several news articles from 2018. They said the decision was taken by the village elders of Tokalapalli village in Niadamarru mandal of West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Though we could not find the news clipping that is being shared on social media, we found several similar news articles and videos with similar titles.

According to a report by India Today from November 2018, "In the village, which is situated in the West Godavari district of the state, women are apparently not allowed to wear nightgowns and if they are found violating the rule, then they are fined."

It further said that the elders of the village had also introduced an award of Rs. 1,000 for all those who report the women violating the rule. The fine collected as to be used for the development of the village, which comprises 11,000 families and has a population of 36,000 people, it said.

Outlook had reported that after news of the new rule surfaced, the village tehsildar Sundar Raju and police sub-inspector Vijay Kumar visited the area to analyze the situation. To their surprise, no woman came forward to oppose the decision.

This proves that an old news clipping from 2018 is being shared as a recent incident. Hence, the claim is misleading.

Claim Review:A screenshot of a news article from 2018 is being shared as a recent incident
Claimed By:Social media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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