A video of a teacher touching his student inappropriately is being shared by many social media users with a claim that the incident took place in a Madrasa (Islamic Pre-School). A Twitter user @gopugoswami shared the video from his account on October 19 with a claim, “बेटियों को मदरसा में भेजने से पहले विचार करें, उन्हें सरकारी विद्यालयों में भेज कर विज्ञान की शिक्षा दें, ये सब तो दुनियाँ सिखा ही देगी ( Think before sending daughters to madrasa, send them to government schools and teach science, all this will teach the world)”. The post has garnered over 3.5k retweets and more than 5k likes.
A lot of social media users retweeted the video and appealed to ban Madrasas in India. Though the initial post by @gopugoswami never claimed where the incident happened, many users (here here here here) believed that it took place in India and demanded that all the Madrasas should be banned in India. A Twitter user @abhi14377 shared the video with a claim, “@AIMPLB_Official एक दिन तुम्हारे ये सारे मदरसे बंद होकर रहेंगे। छोटीबच्चियों पे अपनी भूख मिटाते हो धर्म की आड़ में कमिनो।(@AIMPLB_Official One day all these madrasas will be closed. Kaminos under the guise of religion to feed their hunger on small children. #Madarsa #JaiShriRam @myogiadityanath @SmritiIraniOffc @RubikaLiyaquat)” and tagged ‘All India Muslim Personal Law Board’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in his post. Some users replying to the post have called for the nationwide implementation of National Register of Citizens as in Assam and tagged Prime Minister Office and Home Minister Office with #BanMadarsa_SaveNation tags.
The same video was quoted by Shefali Vaidya with the caption, “Ugh, this was horrifying to look at.”. The video is viral over Facebook as well with almost the same caption. “बेटियों को मदरसा में भेजने से पहले विचार करें, उन्हें सरकारी विद्यालयों में भेज कर विज्ञान की शिक्षा दें, ये सब तो दुनियाँ सिखा ही देगी.” (Think before sending your daughters to Madarsa, Send them to a government school to give them education, this they can learn by time.)
A reversed image search on Yandex(a Russian search engine) directed us to many YouTube videos which were uploaded on Bangladeshi channels. All these videos are recently uploaded though the original incident took place in July 2016.
As most of the videos on YouTube were in Bengali, we did some keyword searches and found multiple websites claiming that the video is almost 4 years old. A Bengali news website in their caption says “Old videos of teachers and students go viral again”, another website by the name tekdeeps.com claims the same. According to Tekdeep, the viral video is of Nurul Haque Sardar, the headmaster of Sonar Bangla Secondary School in Uzirpur upazila of Barisal. He opened a coaching center for female students in a rented room next to the school. This video of sexual harassment of the students who came to study at the coaching center was first spread in the area in June 2016 through the locals.
At the same time, after investigating the incident from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education stopped the salary and allowance of teachers from July of that year. He was also expelled from school at the same time.
Conclusion: Videos is neither from Madarsa nor from India. It’s a 4-year-old video from Bangladesh where the incident occurred in the Girl’s only Tuition center. The above claims are misleading.