A video showing a gathering around two women dressed in hijab is doing the rounds on social media. These two women are forced to remove their clothes as several people call out. Many users claim that the burqa-clad woman was caught red-handed in shopping mart while stealing in Telangana.
A Facebook user shared this video with a description: “Women in burqa/hijab caught red-handed stealing in Telangana.”
This Facebook post can be seen here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be misleading.
Running the keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search, our NM team came across a video uploaded on Facebook, dated July 10, 2017 with a caption: “Lady thief caught red-handed in shopping mart at Nirmal, Telangana. Yesterday, non-Muslim girls were caught at D-mart while wearing a burqa.”
We also came across a video uploaded by Kota Teja Naidu, dated July 8, 2017, with a title: “Lady Muslim thieves looting from Shops by hiding things under burqa.” The description of the video reads: “It happened somewhere in Telugu-speaking state, mostly Telangana, where two ladies were caught red-handed stealing things in supermarkets and playing the victim card at the end.”
To our surprise, the viral video has been circulating on social media since 2017. Thus, we can conclusively say that the viral video’s claim is misleading.