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Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh — Police Tortured A Woman Who Went To File A Complaint? Fact-Check

Allegations of police brutality against women have been made in relation to a video that shows police removing a woman from a road.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @DalitTime tweeted “What kind of attitude did the police have in UP? The woman who came to file a report was dragged on the road, the children kept shouting ‘Mamma-Mamma’… the video is said to be from Lakhimpur. #UttarPradesh#UPPolice @Uppolice” on Jan 18, 2024. The tweet has received an about 16k views on X.

Several accounts on twitter, including @IAMCHindi, @KiCainala, Article19 India (“@Article19_India“), Ali Sohrab (“@007AliSohrab“), @KashifArsalaan also made the same claim that the video shows the police dragging a woman on the road who was wearing a burqa in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. The users claimed that the woman was sitting with her children demanding a report to be filed when the police dragged and removed the Musliam woman from the road. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The Police reported that the woman and her brother-in-law got into a fight.The road is a highway with a lot of traffic, she was misled by the people and ended up sitting on the road. To ensure that the traffic on the road was not disrupted and no accident happened to the woman (along with her children). For her safety, the woman was removed fromf the road by the female constable and other police personnel. Additional research is being conducted. Contrary to what was implied, the woman was not tortured.

An article was published by amarujala regarding this incident on Jan 17, 2024 which clarified that according to Inspector Deshraj Singh, he ensured that there was no traffic congestion and for this, the woman was removed from the road. This makes it clear that the claims made were not at all true.

The official account of KHERI POLICE (“@kheripolice“) also released the official report of the incident in a twitter post on Jan 18, 2024.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating videos with false claims to target the police and government and normalize roadblocks for various reasons. A video that shows police removing a woman from a road has been shared,claiming to be of police brutality against women. But, after proper research, analysis and fact-checking, we have discovered that the woman and her brother-in-law got into a fight, according to the police. Due to the fact that the road is a highway with heavy vehicular traffic, she was misled by the people and ended up sitting on the road. In order to prevent any disruptions to traffic and to guarantee that the woman as well as her children do not suffer any injuries in an accident as well as for the woman’s safety, the female constable and other police officers pulled her off the road. More research is being conducted regarding this. The portrayal of the woman’s torture about the incident was inaccurate.

Conclusion:

Fact : According to police, the woman had a disagreement with her brother-in-law. She was misled by the people and ended up sitting on the road, which is a highway with heavy vehicular traffic. To ensure that traffic on the road was not disrupted and that no one was injured, including the woman and her children, the lady constable and other police personnel removed the woman from the road to ensure her safety. Further investigation is being conducted. The woman was not tortured as was implied.

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