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2018 Assault Video Of DMK Leader Resurfaced As Him Kicking A Lady Doctor On Duty

Video of a man assaulting a woman is being shared with a claim that a DMK party leader Selva Kumar kicked a lady doctor on duty. 

The two-minute video was shared with a claim that reads, “Tamil Nadu DMK party leader Selva Kumar kicked lady doctor on duty. Forward this video to all group until he will be punished.”

Video of DMK party leader kicking a woman in a beauty parlour in 2018

You can see examples of this claim being shared on Twitter below. 

We found this claim to be circulating since last year on Facebook. The virality of it can be viewed here

Screenshot of claim on Facebook 'DMK party leader kicking a lady doctor on duty'
Screenshot of claim on Facebook ‘DMK party leader kicking a lady doctor on duty’

Newschecker received multiple queries to verify this claim. 

Screenshot of claim received by Newschecker, 'DMK party leader kicking a lady doctor on duty'
Screenshot of claim received by Newschecker, ‘DMK party leader kicking a lady doctor on duty’

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Fact Check / Verification

Newschecker found that this incident dates back to September 2018. “A former DMK councillor Selva Kumar was caught on camera brutally attacking a woman inside a beauty parlour,” reported Times of India on 18 September 2018. 

The Times of India’s report read, “In the CCTV video, the councillor can be seen kicking the woman on her thighs at least three times. The woman can be seen writhing in pain and trying to get away from the assaulter. The DMK leader was apparently angry due to a monetary dispute between the two of them. After the video went viral, the police have arrested Selva Kumar. Also, the DMK has suspended him from the party.”

Sreenshot of Times of India's 2018 report of DMK leader kicking a woman
Sreenshot of Times of India’s 2018 report of DMK leader kicking a woman

ANI tweeted about the incident in September 2018. 

The incident took place at Mayuri Beauty Parlour, as per a report by The News Minute. Sathya, the parlour’s owner and the one seen assaulted in the video had alleged financial dealings with Selvakumar. She registered a case with the police months later, after which he was arrested. 

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Conclusion

The claim that DMK leader Selvakumar kicked a lady doctor on duty is misleading. The video is in fact from 2018 and shows him assaulting a woman in a beauty parlour. 

Result: Partly True

Our Sources

Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/city/chennai/on-cam-dmk-leader-kicks-woman-at-a-beauty-parlour-arrested/videoshow/65798243.cms?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TOIDesktop

ANI: https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1040148919232028673

The News Minute: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/dmk-man-kicks-assaults-woman-tn-beauty-parlour-party-suspends-him-88284


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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