A video of a violent encounter between a cow and a school-going child is widely circulated on social media, claiming that the incident occurred in the Saitpura locality of Faridabad, Haryana.
The video is shared on Facebook with a caption:, “फरीदाबाद के गांव सैतपुर मैं दिल दहलाने वाला मामला सामने जहां एक गाय ने स्कूल जा रही छात्रा को अपने सिंग से उठाकर पटक दिया और कई देर तक उसको रोदति रही हालांकि स्थानीय लोगों की मदद से बच्ची को गाय के सिंगो से बचा लिया गया लेकिन इस दौरान बच्ची गंभीर रूप से घायल हो गई” (English version, below.)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.
Performing a keyword search on Google, our NM team traced news reports by The Indian Express, The Hindu, and The Times of India carrying the details of the incident. According to these reports, a nine-year-old girl named J. Ayesha, a student of Class IV, residing in Gandhi Nagar, Choolaimedu, Chennai, suffered severe injuries on August 9, 2023. The incident occurred as a cow attacked her, lifting her into the air, while she was walking home from school with her mother and five-year-old brother on a narrow lane in MMDA Colony, Arumbakkam, Chennai.
The same viral video was also tweeted by NDTV on August 11, 2023, with a caption: “Owner Of Cow That Attacked, Tossed Schoolgirl In Chennai Arrested”.
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 11, 2023
Searching further, we found that the cow’s owner, S. Vicky, residing in Arumbakkam, was apprehended on charges of endangering public safety due to negligent behaviour. Authorities have taken custody of the cattle, including the calf responsible for the attack on the child, and subjected them to disease testing.
The cattle with the calf that attacked a child is impounded and tested for diseases.
ACS/ #GCC Commissioner Dr @RAKRI1 inspects to check the steps taken by the health officials of #GCC. 👇#ChennaiCorporation#HeretoServe pic.twitter.com/qQcHh4I0sr— Greater Chennai Corporation (@chennaicorp) August 10, 2023
Another news report, dated August 11, mentions that Health Minister Ma Subramanian visited the injured girl. The girl had been admitted to a private hospital in Aminjikarai. Subramanian assured that the medical team is delivering top-notch treatment and that the girl’s condition remains stable.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral video showing a cow brutally attacking a girl is from Chennai, NOT Faridabad.
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