Incident From Morocco Shared as Attack on Muslim Woman in India

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CLAIM

A video, which shows a burqa-clad Muslim woman being attacked by young men is being circulated online with the claim that the incident took place in India.

The caption which accompanies the video is in Hindi and roughly translates to, “What’s happening in this country? Is this how you will win the trust of people? Is this your ‘New India’?”

Screenshot of the tweet shared by a Twitter user.

The user tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Minister of Minority of Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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TRUE OR FALSE?

While the incident depicted did happen, it took place in Morocco, not in India. Further, it dates back to 2015, when it had caused widespread outrage in the country.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

On breaking down the video into key frames using the Google Chrome Invid extension, we found out that the video is from Morocco.

On using the key words ‘Morocco Muslim woman attacked eggs’, we came across an article published by Morocco World News which had reported the incident.

The report read that the assault took place in Casablanca during Ashura Day celebrations. As per the report, Moroccans celebrate Ashura, which is the tenth day of Muharram.

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Screenshot

As can be seen in the video, the woman was attacked with eggs, flour and further harassed. The assault doesn’t stop until a passerby interferes to help the woman.

While looking into the incident, we came across another report by the news portal Observers.France24, which carried an article titled ‘Debunked: A supposed “Islamophobic” attack on a Moroccan girl’.

As per the story, the boys were not harassing the girl but were just having “fun”. The article also quotes the boys as saying that “the girl was like their sister”. The girl corroborated the boys version as well. However The Observers questioned if the girl was coerced into giving that statement.

The Quint has not been able to verify the boys’ version mentioned in The Observers’ story. However, the incident is certainly not from India as claimed in the post on Twitter.

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