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Old exorcism video from Chhattisgarh falsely shared as visuals of DPS-Rajbagh teacher assaulting a young girl


A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of a Delhi Public School (DPS) teacher brutally assaulting a young girl. This video shows a man violently beating a young girl and kicking her stomach. The post claims that the incident had recently taken place at DPS Rajbag in Valsad, Gujarat. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Video of DPS-Rajbagh’s teacher brutally assaulting a young girl.

Fact: The video shared in the post shows an old incident that took place in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. This video shows a pastor performing an exorcism on a young girl. This video has nothing to do with the Delhi Public School in Rajbagh. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

In the post, the description of the video itself is confusing. It says “Valsad’s DPS School” but continues to say “DPS School Rajbagh Teacher”. Rajbagh is in Jammu and Kashmir whereas Valsad is in Gujarat. Also, the same video was attributed to the RM VM School on social media in 2018. 

On reverse image search of the screenshots in the video, a video with similar visuals is found published on the ‘HJ News’ YouTube channel on 20 February 2018. This video reported it as visuals of a pastor performing an exorcism on a minor girl in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. A few other social media users have shared photos and videos related to this incident with a similar description. They can be seen here and here.

Reporting the complete details of this incident, the ‘Dainik Divya Marathi’ and the ‘Hari Bhoomi’ news websites have published articles in 2018. They can be read here and here. These articles reported that Dinesh Sahu, a pastor in Santoshi Nagar village had brutally assaulted a minor girl in the name of exorcism. According to the article, the minor victim in the video was a classmate of Dinesh Sahu’s daughter. The young girl’s family had brought her to Dinesh Sahu, believing she was possessed by a demon. In the name of exorcism, Dinesh Sahu performed this offensive act of brutally thrashing her, dragging her hair violently, and pressing her private parts with his feet. Nagari Police arrested the accused immediately after this video went viral on social media in 2018.    

Earlier, when a Bagalkot school incident was falsely shared as visuals from DPS-Rajbagh, FACTLY published a fact-check article. It can be read here.

To sum it up, an old exorcism video from Chhattisgarh falsely shared as visuals of a DPS-Raibagh teacher assaulting a young girl.


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