A 2-minute video clip is going viral across social media platforms with a claim that a Pakistani freestyle female wrestler was beaten by an Indian woman , after the former challenged for a fight.
A Twitter user, CB Punjabi, posted the viral video with the caption that reads; “एक हिंदू ओरत की ताकत देखीये ओर बाकी हिन्दूओ का अंदाजा लगाईये। मुम्बई मे एक पाकिस्तानी लेडीज फ्रीस्टाइल कुस्तीबाज महिला रिंग मे खडे हो कर भारतीय महिलाओ को गाली देते हुये रिग मे आने के लिये चैलेन्ज करने लगी!” Archive
(Translation – See the power of one Hindu woman and guess about the rest of the Hindus. In Mumbai, a Pakistani freestyle wrestling woman stood in the ring and started abusing the Indian women, challenging them to enter the ring!)
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The same video is viral on Facebook as well but with a slightly different caption. Many users claimed that the Indian woman is Sandhya Phadke, a member of RSS’s Durga Vahini.
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We found the viral video has been doing rounds on social media with the same claim since 2018. A Haryana BJP leader, Jawahar Yadav posted the same video in 2020 on his Facebook account which has garnered over 5.5 million views.
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We fragmented the video into multiple keyframes and reverse searched the images. The result directed us to the original video on YouTube. The video is of a wrestling event held by CWE (Continental Wrestling Entertainment) in Jalandhar, Punjab in 2016. According to the description of the video, the woman who accepted the challenge goes by the name Kavita and the other woman is BB Bull Bull. CWE is a professional Indian wrestling training academy founded by the well-known Indian-American professional wrestler, ‘The Great Khali’.
Using relevant keyword search, we found the woman in the salwar kameez is Kavita Devi from Haryana, a former MMA champion and the first Indian woman to compete in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) tournament. The other woman is BB Bull Bull who is India’s first professional female wrestler. Also, Durga Vahini is the women’s wing of the VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) group not an RSS affiliated group.
The claim that an Indian woman was challenged by the Pakistani woman wrestler is false. Both the women in the video are Indian. The video is part of a scripted wrestling show.
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