A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the recent visuals of school girls thrashing an eve teaser after getting motivated from the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ (I am a girl, and I can fight) campaign initiated by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Following Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s women power message, visuals of school girls thrashing an eve teaser.
Fact: The video shared in the post shows a 2018 incident of girl students thrashing eve-teaser inside school premises in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. The video shared in the post is old and it had nothing to do with the recent ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign launched by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
On reverse image search of the screenshots in the video, a video with similar visuals was found published on a YouTube channel in December 2018. This YouTube channel had published this video with the description, “JAI HO: 3 girls thrash eve teaser after locking down college campus at Baghpat in UP. Girls do it”. When we searched for more sources using these keywords, a video with similar visuals was found published on ‘The Times of India’ official YouTube channel, on 10 December 2018. TOI reported it as the visuals of girl students thrashing eve-teaser inside school premises in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
The description of the video stated that a group of female students from Baghpat’s Dharam Singh inter-college was too fed up with the eve-teasing that they had decided to take matters into their hands. Closing the entry gate beforehand, the girl students reportedly thrashed the eve-teaser with sticks after he started harassing them. They took the step after their complaints to the college authorities went unanswered. The girls were accompanied by one of their teachers during the entire incident. Reporting the same, several other news websites have also published articles. They can be seen here and here.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a video message on her official Instagram handle, on 20 October 2021. This video shows a young girl speaking about woman’s rights. The young girl in the video lauds the message, “main ladki hoon, main Lad sakti hoon, jo ladki ladthi he main unka saath khadi hoon”. However, the video shared in the post is old and the act has nothing to do with this recent woman power message & campaign launched by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
To sum it up, an old video is being shared as recent visuals of girl students thrashing an eve teaser after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s call for women power.