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Fact Check: Unrelated video of a youth being assaulted falsely shared with a caste angle

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A video of a youth assaulted and fed water from a shoe over a love affair is being falsely shared on social media platforms with a caste angle. 

A disturbing video surfaced on Twitter showing a young boy being forced to drink water from a shoe and beaten has gone viral on Twitter. The video is being shared with a claim that a lower caste person was assaulted by some upper caste men. 

The video was shared on a Twitter user named Zenji Nio with a caption, "Allegedly this video is of a lower caste person being made to drink water from the shoe of an upper-caste person. Every day such videos are sent to us which signifies a serious situation that must be addressed. How can any self-proclaimed "Dharmic" condone or overlook such Karma?"

You can watch the viral video down here. 

In the video, one can see some men forcing a boy to drink something from a shoe. 

The video is being widely circulated on Facebook with a caption claim in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "This video puts an end to the class difference between upper and lower castes. An upper-caste Hindu feeding his Dalit brother water from a shoe with love. He is setting an example of brotherhood by breaking barriers of casteism and untoucability. This is today’s new India, my country is indeed changing."

The truth behind claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The video dates back to June 2020 and there is no caste angle to the incident. The victim and the accused belong to the same community.

With the help of relevant keywords search, we found a report published by the free press journal stating that the incident is from Sumerpur in Pali district of Rajasthan and contrary to viral claim, occurred over a love affair. 

According to the report by Dainik Bhaskar, The youth seen in the video was kidnapped and brought to Suparna (Sardarpura) village, Sirohi on June 11 on the accusation of getting involved with a married woman in the village. He was beaten, forced to drink urine from a liquor bottle and fed water from shoes. The accused also called the youth’s brother and uncle and kept them tied to a tree overnight. They took Rs 5000 from them.

Reportedly, after the video went viral on social media, police filed a complaint on June 15. Five people were subsequently arrested – Laxmanram Dewasi, Jawanaram, Bhimaram, Navaram, and Dargaram Dewasi. A minor was also taken into police custody. The report stated that the accused threatened the victim’s family.

As per a report on the incident by Patrika, the victim has been identified as Kaluram Dewasi and that the accused and victim belong to the same caste.

In conclusion, a video of a youth assaulted and fed water from a shoe over a love affair is being falsely shared on social media platform with a caste angle.

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