Alt News had also received a request to fact-check the video on its official WhatsApp number.
Video from Egypt
In July 2018, Alt News had debunked the same video when it went viral, with the claim that a school teacher at RM VM school in Gujarat’s Valsad district was brutally thrashing the children. We found that the video in question is NOT from India but from Egypt, where an orphanage manager named Osama Mohammed Othman was secretly filmed, by his estranged wife, beating the children with a stick and kicking them.
“The video shows Osama Mohamed Othman hitting the children before kicking them as they run away, screaming in pain. State-run Al-Ahram newspaper said Othman’s estranged wife filmed the video two months ago at Dar Mecca Al-Mokarama Orphanage in Giza”, stated an article published by the Daily Mail on August 5, 2014.
According to a 2014 BBC report, Othman was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for assaulting seven children in his care and endangering their lives. The sentence included two years’ hard labour, while the third was suspended pending the payment of $110 (£87) bail.
It may be reiterated here that the video doesn’t depict a school teacher from DPS Rajbagh. While Roy claimed that the teacher’s name is Shakil Ahmed Ansari, the head of the Cairo orphanage was Osama Mohammed Othman.
A video from Egypt was circulated with a claim that a school teacher from J&K was brutally beating up children. Earlier as well, the same video was shared with the narrative that the teacher seen in the video was from a school in Valsad, Gujarat. Yet another video of child beating was also falsely attributed to DPS Rajbagh in the past.