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2016 video of UP woman constable complaining about casteist abuse is being shared with love jihad narrative

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A video is being shared on social media claiming it as visuals of a woman constable exposing the truth about increasing domination of Islam in the country and love jihad. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Video of a woman constable speaking about increasing domination of Islam and love jihad in the country.

Fact: This viral video is an altered version created by adding a different audio to the original video. The original video shows a woman constable describing the casteist abuse and harassment from her superior at the Karhal police station in the Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in December 2016. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of the screenshots of the video, another video with similar visuals is found in an article published by ‘Punjab Kesari’ on 20 December 2016. Punjab Kesari published the video with a description, “Lady Constable exposes shameless inspector for misbehaving with her in Police station!”. In the original video, the woman constable did not speak anything about Islam or about love jihad.

When we searched for further sources using relevant keywords, we found the complete details of this video in an article published by the ‘Khaskhabhar’ news website on 17 December 2016. According to the article, Rupesh Bharti, a dalit woman constable working at the Karhal police station in the Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district, complained to the District Superintendent of Police and to media about the casteist abuse and mental harassment from the SHO Subhash Chandra Yadav.

Speaking to the media, Rupesh Bharti alleged that Subhash Chandra Yadav asked her to make food for his children at his home and when she opposed, he misbehaved with her and started harassing her. She claimed that Yadav marked her “absent on duty” despite the fact that she was working. She verbally complained about this to CO Karhal who assured to look into the issue. Further, Rupesh Bharti alleged that Subhash Chandra Yadav had humiliated her by blowing smoke on her face and made casteist remarks against her.

When this video went viral on social media, the Uttar Pradesh police and the ‘IG Agra’ responded through a tweet and assured an immediate enquiry and effective action in the matter. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the post shared an altered version of the original video by adding a different audio.

To sum it up, 2016 video of a UP woman constable complaining about casteist abuse is altered and shared with a love jihad narrative.

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