Fact Check: 2020 Viral Clip Of Male Students Bullying A Girl In Hijab Is From Indonesia, NOT India

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A video of a classroom showing some male students bullying and hitting a girl wearing hijab is doing the rounds on social media. In this 29-second-long video, some boys can be seen kicking her, throwing things at her, and hitting her with a stick. Giving this video a communal spin, people on social claim that some Hindu boys bullied and thrashed a Muslim girl in a college.

A Facebook user shared this video with a caption: “ये किसी कॉलेज का वीडियो है , और ये ऐसा कॉलेज है जहां हिंदू लड़के लड़कियां साथ पढ़ाई करते हैं, यहां देखिए हिजाब वाली लड़कियों के साथ कैसा बर्ताओ करता है संघी मानसिकता वाले लड़के , किया अब भी आप अपनी बहन बेटी का एडमिशन ऐसे कॉलेज में करना पसंद करेंगे जहां हिंदू लड़के लड़कियां साथ पढ़ाई करते हैं.” [English translation: This is a video of a college, where Hindu boys and girls study together… See here how boys with Sanghi mentality behave with girls wearing hijab… Would you still like to admit your sister and daughter to a college where Hindu boys and girls study together?]

This Facebook post can be seen here.

This video is viral on Facebook and X with a similar claim.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be false.

Running the keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search, our team found the same video on an Indonesian news outlet TribunJabar.id, dated February 13, 2020, with a title: “Current Condition of Middle School Student Victim of Bullying in Purworejo, She Was Hit and Kicked by 3 Students in Class.”

According to the report, the viral incident took place in Purworejo — a town in Java, Indonesia. The Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, said that he had asked the Head of the Central Java Provincial Government Service to come to Purworejo and meet the victim’s parents. The students were charged with Article 170 of the Child Protection Act and were facing punitive action.

(Translated Text)

According to the report of TribunCirebon.com, dated February 13, 2020, the incident occurred at Muhammadiyah Need Middle School, Purworejo, Central Java. Purworejo police have confirmed the incident. Three students have been arrested in this case and victim’s parents have been called. The victim’s family was given compensation by the Central Java Provincial Government, which also asked the parents not to work for a few days so they could take care of the victim girl. Nowhere the reports suggest any communal angle in this incident.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the 2020 viral video is from Indonesia, NOT India.

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