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Fact Check: Disturbing video from Karnataka falsely shared to show an incident from Uttar Pradesh

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A disturbing video showing a corpse set on fire is being shared with a false claim that the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh. The incident actually took place in the Mysuru district of Karnataka.

Recently, a disturbing video has surfaced on social media platforms showing a partly charred corpse on fire claiming an incident from Uttar Pradesh. The video is being shared on Facebook with the caption in Bengali that can be roughly translated to, "This is our own India. Can someone be burnt like this? Is this what woman empowerment means? This is how daughters are being killed in Uttar Pradesh."

This video is being widely shared on Facebook with the same caption.

The video shows shocking visuals of a female corpse burning, as a few people watch. Due to the disturbing nature of the content, we are not including the clip.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The video shows an incident that occurred in the Mysuru district of Karnataka, and not from Uttar Pradesh. 

With the help of reverse image search after extracting the keyframes of the video, we found these screengrabs of the video used in an article in Kannada by Saakshatv.

On further checking, we found a news report in the Times of India published on November 9, 2020, with a similar description of the incident. According to the report, the incident took place in Kellur village under the Periyapatna Police station.

As per the TOI report, the victim's age was between 18-20 years. The police suspected that the victim was murdered elsewhere and her body was set on fire at the spot, where morning walkers found it. The report quoted police sources as saying, "The body portion from Head to Knee has been burnt beyond scope of identification." Mysuru SP CB Rishyanth and other senior officials visited the spot and reviewed the investigation as well.

In conclusion, a disturbing video showing a corpse set on fire is being shared with a false claim that the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh. The incident actually took place in the Mysuru district of Karnataka.

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