No, this video is old and falsely linked to recent Sandeshkhali violence!

Claim

Many ‘Sandeshkhaali’ are flourishing in West Bengal, Women cannot even tell about the atrocities committed against them.

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Explanation

For almost a month now, Sandeshkhali, a village in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, has been at the epicenter of a political storm. Several women have accused local TMC leader Shajahan Shiekh of sexual abuse, and there have been unprecedented protests in response. Uttam Sardar and Shibaprasad Hazra, two of Shiekh’s close aides, have also been implicated.

In this case, a TV anchor interviews a woman in a six-second clip. Abruptly, a man appears holding a stick, forcing the woman to the ground. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Many ‘Sandeshkhaali’ are flourishing in West Bengal, Women cannot even tell about the atrocities committed on them.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We discovered an X post on September 30, 2018, that contained the identical clip that Sudhir Chaudhary had shared when we began examining the keyframes of the widely shared video.

He captioned the post, “Is this democracy? Where is the “democracy in danger” gang now? Freedom of expression is only meant for the privileged few? This is what happened when ZeeNews tried to speak to her.”

We took this as a cue and searched the internet with relevant keywords and found an article published by Zee News on 1 October 2018.

According to the article, “BJP leader Neelima De Sarkar is a resident of Barasat. She participated in the 12-hour bandh called by the BJP and blocked the Pirgacha railway gate. At that time Trinamool workers also went to the railway gate to lift the blockade. They removed the BJP workers. A local Trinamool leader named Asharaduzzaman is seen kicking Neelima in front of the police. That scene went viral. There was an uproar around the incident.”

All this information confirms and clarifies that this viral video is from 2018 and is not related to the recent Sandeshkhali violence.

Conclusion:

We thus conclude that the widely shared video, which claims that women in Sandeshkhali are so oppressed that they are unable to even inform others about these atrocities, is wholly untrue.

The video is old and shows BJP leader Neelima De Sarkar being attacked by a local TMC leader during a 2018 railway bandh.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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