A video of a burqa-clad woman hitting a man and another woman with slippers is viral. It has been claimed that the man hails from the Muslim community and was ‘having an affair with a Hindu woman her met at a gym. His wife thrashed him when she found out about the alleged infidelity. The footage is being circulated as another case of ‘love jihad’.
Several Twitter users have shared the video. (Archive link)
It is also circulating on Facebook.
Alt News performed a keyword search which led us to an October 18 Dainik Jagran story on the incident. The report said that a woman in Bhopal beat up her husband and his alleged lover after discovering them together at a gym. On October 15, the woman arrived at a gym in Bhopal’s Kohefiza area with her sister, caught the pair together and began beating them with slippers. Both the husband and wife have filed complaints against each other.
TV9 Hindi and Aaj Tak also reported the incident.
Alt News contacted Kohefiza police station for more information and was informed, “This video shows a row between a man and his wife. The woman suspected her husband was having an affair with another woman. Because of this, she went to the gym and beat her husband and his lover. The viral claim about his alleged girlfriend being Hindu is false. The husband and wife and the other woman seen in the video are all Muslims.”
We also reached out to Anil Bajpai, the officer-in-charge of Kohefiza station. He confirmed that there was no communal angle to the incident and that all three individuals were Muslims.
Bhopal police provided Alt News with the names of the husband-wife duo as well as the alleged girlfriend. We have independently verified that they hail from the same community.