Fact Check: 2019 video of a man’s head being tonsured by Shiv Sena members resurfaces as recent

A video of a man being thrashed and his head shaved by a group of people is doing rounds on social media claiming that if anyone posts against Uddhav Thackeray on social media then they have to face consequences.

“अगर आपने उद्धव ठाकरे के खिलाफ सोशल मीडिया पर कुछ लिखा तो उद्धव के गुंडे ऐसा सलूक करेंगे”, Facebook read.

(Translation: Uddhav Thackeray’s supporters will behave badly like this if you write something against Uddhav Thackeray on social media)

A similar post was uploaded on Twitter as well.


Other similar posts were seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be old and misleading.

With the help of keywords search, ‘Shiv Sena head shaved’, we found that the incident took place in 2019. We found the same video on NDTV dated December 24, 2019, claiming that a man was thrashed and his head was allegedly shaved by Shiv Sena members over a social media post on Uddhav Thackeray.

Another news article on India Today dated December 25, 2019, also published that Shiv Sena workers thrashed and tonsured a man’s head over a derogatory comment against Uddhav Thackeray.

Further, we found another news report on YouTube uploaded by Republic World on December 24, 2019, showing the same video of a man being thrashed.

Moreover, reports carried by other news organization including Mumbai Live, TV 9 Gujrati, Capital TV and News Tak also claimed that the video of the man being tonsured was of 2019.

Hence, social media video is of a man being tonsured by Shiv Sena workers is of 2019 and not recent.

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