Hyderabad: A video of a burqa-clad woman pleading with a man is viral on social media.

Social media users are claiming that the accused attacked the husband and wife because she was wearing a burqa.

"Visual discretion advised!! A burqa-clad woman and her husband undergoing baton beating just because she was wearing a burqa!! Shining India," reads a message.

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Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search which led us to a tweet by the former chief sub-editor at Dainik Bhaskar Prashant Shukla on July 06, 2020. He shared a video where a family member is seen briefing about the incident. He also named the accused.

The team then found that the Siddharth Nagar Police had replied to Prashant Shukla's tweet. Police said three people have been taken into custody after registering a case under relevant sections at the Etawa police station.

The team later found the police officials sharing another tweet with a piece of detailed information about the incident. According to the information shared by the Siddharth Nagar police officials, the whole family was beaten up with sticks. Police identified the accused as Istekhar, Anwar Raza, Mohd Kaleem, and Haleem. The statement further mentioned that both the parties belonged to the same community. None of the accused belonged to RSS or the Hindu community and requested not to spread any misleading or false news on social media.

Police also released a video statement. Police said the victim was sent to a hospital and three accused were taken into custody.

It is therefore evident that the viral claim is false as both the victim and the accused belonged to the same community. The video dates back to 2020.

Claim Review :   A couple being hit by Hindus because the woman was wearing a burqa
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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