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Does The Viral Video Show A Muslim Man In Kerala Bathing In Milk For Distribution To Hindus? No, Video Is From Turkey

Authors

Sabloo Thomas has worked as a special correspondent with the Deccan Chronicle from 2011 to December 2019. Post-Deccan Chronicle, he freelanced for various websites and worked in the capacity of a translator as well (English to Malayalam and Malayalam to English). He’s also worked with the New Indian Express as a reporter, senior reporter, and principal correspondent. He joined Express in 2001.

Claim

A Muslim Man in Kerala is bathing in milk to make it ‘halal’ before distributing it to hindus. 

A video has gone viral on X (formerly twitter) showing a man bathing inside a tub filled with ‘milk’. The caption of the viral video reads, “What do they do to make Milk Halal? They bathe in the milk and distribute it to Hindus.”(sic)

Courtesy: X@@ssaratht
Courtesy: X@@ssaratht

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Fact

 We started by conducting a reverse image search which led us to a report by a Turkish news outlet TRT Haber dated June 10,2022, which had one of the keyframes of the viral video. As per the report and photo, the incident happened in Konya, a city in Turkey.

Screen shot if Report by a Turkish news outlet TRT Haber
Screen shot if Report by a Turkish news outlet TRT Haber

The man taking a dip in the milk vat was identified as Emre Sayar, and his colleague Ugur Turgut uploaded his video on TikTok. Both men were arrested after the video went viral. 

As per report, they stated that the liquid they bathed was not milk. They also argued the tub was a disinfectant basin. Later the court acquitted both of them in October 2021.  Sayar later filed a lawsuit, demanding 120,000 liras. Sayar won the case, and the court in Konya ordered that he should be paid 1,150 liras. The report also said that the incident happened in November 2020.
We also found a report from the Indian Express dated November 13, 2020, with the headline, “Worker takes a bath in milk tub at dairy plant in Turkey; arrested after video goes viral.

Screen shot of the Report By Indian Express
Screen shot of the Report By Indian Express

As per the report of the Hurriyet Daily News dated June 13, 2022, Emre Sayar, the man seen in the video taking the ‘milk bath’, and Uğur Turgut, who shared the footage on his TikTok account, were arrested after the incident in 2020.

 “The prosecutor in the case said that the material in the cauldron was not milk but hot water and milk remnants. The court acquitted Sayar and Uğur in October 2021. Following the court ruling, Sayar sued the state treasury, demanding a total of 120,000 Turkish Liras in compensation for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages. Sayar won the case but the court in Konya ordered that he should only be paid 1,150 liras in compensation,” the report added.

Hence, from the above findings, we can ascertain that the video in question is from Turkey and not from Kerala. We also concluded that there was no communal angle to the video.

Screen shot of Report By Hurriyet Daily News
Screen shot of Report By Hurriyet Daily News

Result:  False

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.https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/milk-bath-man-wins-compensation-lawsuit-174508 Sources
Report By TRT Haber dated June 10, 2022
Report By Indian Express dated November 13, 2020
Report By Hurriyet Daily News dated June 13, 2022


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Authors

Sabloo Thomas has worked as a special correspondent with the Deccan Chronicle from 2011 to December 2019. Post-Deccan Chronicle, he freelanced for various websites and worked in the capacity of a translator as well (English to Malayalam and Malayalam to English). He’s also worked with the New Indian Express as a reporter, senior reporter, and principal correspondent. He joined Express in 2001.

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