Fact Check: No, The Man Being Thrashed In The Video Is Not Related To Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA

A video has surfaced on social media platforms showing several people thrashing a man for molesting a four-year-old girl. The post also claims that the man is the social media coordinator of an Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya.

A Facebook user shared the video with a caption in Hindi that roughly translates to, ” Tank road, Bapa Nagar, Karolbagh. This evil person was trying to rape a four-year-old girl. This is Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA Dinesh Mohania’s social media coordinator Akram Khan. By God’s grace people saved the girl on time.”

The video is also being shared on Twitter with the same claim.

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral video and found it to be misleading.

With the help of Reverse Image Search using the keyframes of the video, we found that the same video was tweeted on August 31, 2021 by an NDTV journalist. As per the caption, the video is from Delhi’s Bapa Nagar area where a man named Dipesh was accused of raping a four-year-old girl. He was later arrested by the police after a case was registered against him.

Taking a hint from this, we performed a relevant keyword search and found a report by NDTV carrying the picture of the same man as a cover image. According to the report, a 25-year-old man was beaten up by several people for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl in Delhi’s Bapa Nagar area. The report further adds that the man has been arrested and a case under the POCSO Act has been filed.

The incident happened when the child was playing near her house located near a jeans manufacturing factory. A worker at the factory, allegedly lured her inside with sweets and sexually harassed her, the police said.

Scroll.in, India Today and Times of India also reported the incident. According to the TOI report, the accused has been identified as ‘Dipesh’.

None of the reports identifies the man as ‘Akram Khan’ or have linked him to Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dinesh Mohania, as mentioned in the viral post.

In conclusion, the video of people thrashing a man for molesting a four-year-old is being shared with a misleading claim.

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