A video of a Policeman beating a woman, who was holding a child in her lap, is doing rounds on social media with the claim that Delhi police are brutally beating people. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim about the video.
Claim: Video of Delhi police brutally beating people.
Fact: The video is about 3 years old and the policemen in the video belong to Gwalior Railway Police Station (Madhya Pradesh). So, the claim is FALSE.
Ever since riots have erupted in Delhi, the internet is flooded with many images and videos linking them to the riots. In the video posted, a Policeman is seen beating a woman, who was holding a child in her lap. So, when searched on Google with the text ‘Woman and child beaten by Police’, an article of NDTV published on 9 May 2019 with a screenshot of the video was found. As per this story, the incident in the video took place at the Gwalior Railway Police Station (Madhya Pradesh). According to the article, the Gwalior police have said that the video is two years old (taken in 2017) and they were unaware of its existence until it went viral on social media. They have also said that the officer in question was away on poll duty and would be questioned on his return.
As per the article of ‘Times of India’, published on 10 May 2019, the constable in the video, seen beating the woman in the video, was suspended for his act and a probe was ordered by the Gwalior Railway Police. So, the video is about 3 years old and the policemen in it belong to Gwalior Railway Police Station (Madhya Pradesh).
To summarize, an old video from Madhya Pradesh is being shared as the ‘brutality of Delhi police’.
Note: This fact-check is not to justify the brutal act of the police, but only to highlight the false narrative around an old video.
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