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Fact Check: The viral video of a woman beating up her 2-year-old grandson is from Bengaluru

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The viral video of a woman beating up her 2-year-old grandson is from Bengaluru and not from Mumbai or Delhi. The woman had already been taken into custody by the police on August 29.

Recently, a disturbing video of a woman beating and abusing a toddler led to an outrage on social media. The video is being shared with a claim that it's from Mumbai’s Dadar area. The video is being circulated with appeals to share it widely along with demands for the woman’s arrest. In the video, one can see a woman pouring hot candle wax on the baby. You can watch the video here:

A user named Ayesha shared the video on Septem 5 with asking people to widely circulate the video so the women seen in the video get arrested. The user also tagged the handle of the Prime Minister's office. The video was shared with hashtags Mumbai and Dadar, suggesting that the video is from Mumbai. (We are not adding the link of the post considering the sensitive nature of the content)

Many other users shared the same video with a similar claim. Another user Chetan Sinha shared the video with a caption "Look how these women are abusing the kid. get them in jail lifetime imprisonment asap!!"

Pakistani news channel Ary News had published an article on September 8 stating that the video was taken in Delhi. Mirror Now had published a report about the video from its New Delhi desk however, the place of the incident was not mentioned in the report.

The truth behind the claim 

With the help of reverse image search, we came across a report by India Today dated August 30. In the report, it was stated that this incident had taken place in Bengaluru. It also mentioned that the woman seen in the video, beating the child was actually his grandmother. The woman also tried to burn the 2-year-old child with a candle, in addition to attacking his mouth, chest, and stomach. According to the report, the woman had been arrested for torturing the child after the video surfaced.

According to a report published by The News Minute, the report said that the boy's mother Hajira was visiting her maternal grandmother Mubbashira who has since been arrested, after recently delivering another child. On the day of the incident, the two-year-old child was crying inconsolably for his father, who was not at home. It was then that the minor boy's grandmother started beating him up and also burnt his face and body with put out matches.

The News Minute quoted the inspector in charge at SG Palya police station as saying, "The grandmother Mubbashira began hitting the boy. She even burnt his face and body with put out matches. She kept hitting him and telling him to stop crying but the boy did not. In order to stop him from crying, they taped the boy's mouth and then beat him."

The minor who reportedly fell unconscious was soon rushed to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health for treatment. The minor's father then filed a case at the SG Palya police station against the grandmother - Mubbashira and the boy's mother - Hajira. The police have since arrested Mubbashira under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act.

The police did not arrest Hazira because her fifth child was still 20 days old at the time and she was taking care of him. The responsibility of looking after the 2-year-old victim had been given to his father Irshad. According to the police, the child was no more in danger.

In conclusion, the viral video of a woman beating up her 2-year-old grandson is from Bengaluru and not from Mumbai or Delhi. The woman had already been taken into custody by the police on August 29.


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