Manipur has been witnessing major violent clashes since the beginning of May 2023 following the demand for the inclusion of the Meitei community in the tribal category. After a video where two women were paraded naked and sexually assaulted in public which was filmed and later released on social media, many people started talking about the situation in the state of Manipur.
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In this case, another horrific video is being circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook claiming that an atrocity occurred in Manipur. In the video, we can see a woman tied with a rope and being hanged to a tree. There are many men and women standing and watching this incident, while some men severely assaulted her with sticks.
What is the truth?
While we searched with the keyframes regarding the viral video of a woman being assaulted in Manipur, it was found that the incident took place in 2021 in Madhya Pradesh.
A piece of news about this has been published on ‘The Quint’ website on July 2, 2021. It is reported that a 19-year-old tribal girl in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh has been married three months ago and due to some squabble, she has left her in-law’s house and gone to a relative’s house.
Feeling humiliated by this kind of act by the girl, her father Khel Bhel, and her three cousins Bhuwan Bhel, Karam Bhel and Dinesh Bhel beat the girl with wooden sticks and by hanging her from a tree. After the video of the incident went viral on June 28, 2021, the police department also took action. Those involved in this crime were booked and arrested under the Indian Penal Code. Alirajpur Superintendent of Police Vijay Bhagwani said that the victim has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated.
Similar news has been published in ‘Times of India’ and ‘Indian Express’ media as well. In this case, a video of a tribal woman being assaulted by her family in Madhya Pradesh in 2021 is now being falsely spread as if it happened in Manipur.
Therefore, from our research, the video of a woman hanging from a tree and being beaten by several people did not occur in the state of Manipur. It took place in Madhya Pradesh in 2021. A case has been registered against the perpetrators and action has been taken.