This video shows a Pakistani police officer hitting several women outside a court in Pakistan
A video has been viewed more than half a million times in multiple Facebook posts published in September 2019 alongside a claim that it shows Indian soldiers torturing Muslim women in Indian-administered Kashmir. The claim is false; the video shows a Pakistani police officer hitting several women outside a court in Multan, Pakistan, in June 2019.
The 22-second video was published here in a Facebook post on September 8, 2019. It has been viewed more than 547,000 times.
The video shows a uniformed man hitting the back of a woman's head and slapping another in the face.
The post has been shared more than 42,000 times. Its caption states: “#Kashmir_Muslim_Woman_Tourture_By_Indian_Army ||?
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The claim is false; the video was previously published in news reports about a Pakistani police officer hitting several women outside a court in Multan, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province.
A reverse image search on Google based on a keyframe extracted from the video found the footage in the misleading posts included in this video published to YouTube on June 27, 2019.
The video’s title states: “Punjab police beaten women in #multan - police beaten women in court”.
Below is a screenshot comparison of keyframes from the video in the misleading posts (L) and the YouTube video (R):
A journalist in AFP’s Delhi bureau subsequently examined the video in the misleading posts and found a Pakistani flag patch on the uniform of a man, seen at the 10-second mark of the video.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the flag patch circled in red by AFP (L) and an AFP photo of the flag of Pakistan (R):
The incident was reported here in an Urdu-language report by Pakistani newspaper the Daily Jang on June 27, 2019.
The report’s headline translates to English as: "The police officer who used violence against women at district court has been summoned".