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Fact Check: A disturbing video of a woman hacked to death in Brazil is being falsely shared to be from India

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The viral video showing a woman being killed by hitting an ax on her head is not from India. 

Recently, a disturbing video from Brazil showing a woman being hacked to death with a pick-ax is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it is from India.

A Twitter user named Ramchander shared the 31-seconds clip saying that 'Humanity is dead', claiming that the video is from India. 

Another user also shared the same video with texts claiming that the video is from India. 

In the video, one can see a masked assailant attacking a woman whose hands are tied and mouth gagged. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. the video is from Fortaleza, Brazil where a 23-year-old woman named Thália Torres de Souza, was kidnapped and killed by members of a criminal faction.

With the help of reverse image search along with relevant key-word searches, we found this video on a website called Documenting Reality. The descriptions on these websites also stated it was from Brazil.

Take a clue from this and further research, we found a blog which had another image of the woman in the same jersey and denim shorts lying on the ground, however, it was taken at night and identified her as a 23-year-old Thália Torres de Souza.

On searching with the name 'Thália Torres de Souza' we found a report dated September 1, 2020, by the Cn7 website which stated that de Souza was kidnapped and killed by members of a criminal faction in Fortaleza, Ceara state in Brazil. The article details that in the month of August, 17 women were murdered in Ceará state in Brazil, and in the year there have already 226 women who have been killed.

The article further states that Thália was kidnapped in the Bom Jardim neighborhood and taken to the neighboring Granja Portugal on August 26, 2020.

It details that Thália was tied up with ropes, gagged and carried by force, at gunpoint, taken to the margins of the Maranguapinho River, and executed cruelly there with an ax and stones hit on the head which was filmed by the criminals. This matches with the viral video where she is being filmed tied up being killed with an ax.

Her body was found hours later, with his head smashed and her hands tied stated Cn7. The clothes mentioned in the article that was found on the body also match the viral video. Cn7 states that the murderers are still at large and the Department of Homicide and Personal Protection (DHPP) in Fortaleza is investigating the case. It also mentions that there is a suspicion of a 'gang reckoning' behind the murder.

We could not independently verify the incident however it is clear that the incident is not from India. 

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