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FACT CHECK: An old video from Pakistan shared as Police thrashing women during protest against CAA and NRC

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In our investigation, we found out that the claim that Police thrashed women in Varanasi during a protest against the CAA and NRC is false. The viral video is an old one from Pakistan and has no relation to NRC and CAA. 

A video is being shared on social media with a claim that police are thrashing women during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Varanasi.

A twitter user named Md Saqib Raza shared the video with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "If the media doesn’t show then we will have to show it to all of India. Make the video viral. Bajardiha Varanasi."

Another user also shared this video criticizing Police and blaming media for not covering this incident. 

You can watch the video down below. 

In the video, some police can be seen thrashing some civilians including women.

The truth behind the claim 

By looking at the uniform of police in the video, one can figure out that it is not Indian Police. 

At 10 seconds in the video, Pakistan's flag is visible one of the policemen's uniforms. 

With the help of a reverse image search by using keyframes of this video, we found out that this video was firstly uploaded on June 26, 2016, by a Twitter user named Talha Ghouri.

We also found the same video uploaded on a YouTube channel Headlines News with a description, "Punjab police beaten women in #Multan - police beaten women in court."

Multan is a city in Punjab province of Pakistan. 

In conclusion, the claim that Police thrashed women in Varanasi during a protest against the CAA and NRC is false. The viral video is an old one from Pakistan and has no relation to NRC and CAA. 

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