Fact Check: Viral Post of Women Crossing the River on Sticks Is from Maharashtra, NOT Uttar Pradesh

A video showing some women fetching water by risking their lives by walking on thin sticks to cross a river is widely shared on social media, claiming that these are the visuals from Uttar Pradesh. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Shocking #Viral #women risks their life for Water Uttar Pradesh #Kaithi #BholaaTeaserOutNow #Earthquake #TejRan #VisionaryYogi”

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Extracting keyframes from the viral video and performing a Reverse Image Search, we traced the YouTube channel of the Marathi website ‘Sakal’, which carried the same video on July 21, 2022. The headline reads: “Nashik News: An iron barge built on the river Tas in Kharshet has washed away.” 

Also, a news report by ETV Maharashtra carrying similar visuals and stating that the video is from Nashik, Maharashtra. According to the article, “A bridge built on the initiative of Aditya Thackeray in Shendripada village of Trimbakeshwar taluk was swept away by the flood waters. The bridge built by Shiv Sena at its own expense is being criticised by the BJP and Shinde group. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced to build a new one. However, sources informed us that the state government has suspended the tenders drawn for the construction of the bridge here. However, due to the government’s red tape, the locals have to risk their lives once again.” 

Maharashtra Times also carried similar visuals claiming that “an iron bridge built in Nashik on the initiative of the then Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray a few months ago was swept away by the flood waters. It has been raining heavily in Nashik for the past few days. In this, a bridge constructed at Shendripada in Trimbakeshwar taluka was swept away.” 

Another video of women crossing the Taas river with the help of sticks had gone viral in January as well. At that time, taking cognizance of the video, Aditya Thackeray got an iron bridge built there. He had also shared the picture of this bridge on Twitter.

Thus, it is clear now that the viral video is from Nashik in Maharashtra, not Uttar Pradesh. 

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