New Delhi: A communally-charged propaganda video is being widely shared in Pakistan with false claims that Muslims are purportedly being killed by Hindus “for no reason” in the Jhansi district of India’s Uttar Pradesh.
Originally shared Thursday by Hubaib Yousefzai, a Twitter handle based out of Pakistan, the 44-second video has over 18,000 views and 1,000 retweets.
The accompanying text with the Twitter post reads, “Indian Hindus are entering Muslim’s Homes and killing them for no Reason. Here a Muslim sister calling us for help. This is Muslims life in india. My dear sister we will take your Revenge. Dear Pakistanio Pls Value your PakArmy who are protecting u from these Hindus since 70yrs.”
In the video, a wounded woman can be first seen holding an infant in her arms and crying inconsolably. A voice can be heard in the background saying, “Asalam walekum, I’m calling from Barua Sagar in Jhansi district. Many fights have been happening in our village over the last three days between Hindus and Muslims.”
The video then cuts to the woman with her baby sitting next to a presumably dead woman in a burqa.
The voice in the video can be heard adding, “I’m a Muslim, and people are killing us here. They are troubling our daughters. Please send this message to all our Muslim brothers so that they can help us. The police is doing nothing, just supporting the Hindus. They come and trouble us everyday. Please help us.”
However, the video is not from Jhansi at all, and the audio has evidently been superimposed over the same.
Where is the original video from?
The video is actually from an incident that happened in Telangana in 2018 when a sub-inspector was caught on tape beating his wife and mother-in-law. The victim had apparently gone to his residence to confront him over an illicit relationship.
A case of assault was filed against the sub-inspector who was subsequently suspended.
Timing of video
The fake, doctored video post on Twitter falsely suggests a communally-charged situation in Jhansi.
Its timing is especially suspicious since it follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thumping win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections Thursday.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.
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