HYDERABAD: A protest march against film actress Kangana Ranaut took place on November 12. Kin of freedom fighters set afire an effigy of Ranaut in Indore in Madhya Pradesh for making a controversial statement regarding India's independence. (Read more here)

Amidst this, a video of a group of women protesting against Kangana Ranaut by hitting a large poster with footwear and throwing black ink is circulating on social media. Users claim it happened recently.

The text embedded in the video reads, "Kangana Ranaut is now being given good freedom by the people of the country who beat her photos with slippers."

The video is being shared on social media with the caption, "People of the country beat Kangana Ranaut's photo with slippers."


The claim is false.

NewsMeter searched online using relevant keywords and found September 2020 report by ETV Bharat that carried the same viral video. It states that the women's wing of Thane Shiv Sena had protested against actor Kangana Ranaut for "likening Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and stating that she feared the metropolis' police more than the mafia."

Mumbai Mirror, ABP News, and Hindustan Times also reported that the issue began when Ranaut tweeted: "Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena leader has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai, after Aazadi graffiti in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir?"

This led to Shiv Sena activists protesting against the actress in different parts of Maharashtra including Thane, Pune, and Nashik. They also burned Kangana's effigy as a mark of protest.

The same was carried in video reports by India Today and ABP News. In response to the incident, Ranaut tweeted: "After Sushant and Sadhus murder now beating my posters with chappals for my opinions on administration, it seems Mumbai is addicted to blood', reports ABP News.

Clearly, the viral video is not recent. It took place in September 2020 when Kangana faced criticism for her comments on likening Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Video of women protesting against Kangana Ranaut is recent
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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