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No, Delhi Police is not hitting female students of Jamia Millia Islamia in the viral picture

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A picture of policemen attacking women during the anti-CAB protest in Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi is going viral on social media. A Twitter user shared the picture with a caption "Who's this red T-shirt guy with the Delhi Police hitting female students of #Jamia Millia Islamia? A Sanghi Goon?!!!".

Uzair Hasan Rizvi, a fact-checker with @AFPFactCheck shared the picture and wrote, "From today’s protest near New Friends Colony in Delhi. The guy with a stick charging at locals is not in police uniform. Has right-wing goons joined in the protest as disguise?"

Barkha Dutt also shared the picture and wrote "Disturbing images shared by #Jamia students, including below  an unidentified masked man who students say is an example of those infiltrating their protests. There needs to be an independent assessment of what/who has triggered today's violence, which must be stopped ASAP @RizviUzair".

Our Investigation

We were able to access the video of the incident when this picture was clicked. In the video, few women can be seen raising slogans like "Go back, Go back..Delhi Police go back". The girls pushed the policemen out of the building and meanwhile a few policemen caught hold of a man and took him out on the street and started hitting him with sticks. Those women then came there in the defense of that guy.

The viral picture was clicked between 44 and 45 seconds into the video. As it can be clearly seen in the video that none of the policemen hit any of the women.

Who is the man in the red t-shirt?

Even though the man is not in his full uniform, he is wearing the helmet used by the police. It was not possible for us to confirm his identity or to verify whether he belongs to Delhi Police or not. We have contacted Delhi police and will update the article once we have some information about him.

 

Fact

The identity of the man in the red t-shirt is not confirmed. However, the viral claim is false that Delhi police attacked female students in of Jamia Millia Islamia during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill.

You can read more about the bill here:

Separating facts from rumours: All you need to know about Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

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