Rahul Gandhi in a nightclub in Nepal, PM Modi and German Chancellor in a meeting as Jawaharlal Nehru looks on from a framed photograph on the wall- two defining images of the last week that took social media by storm. But it was not just political developments that directed social media trends. With violence in Jodhpur and false allegations of love jihad, there was no dearth of communally provocative claims online either. Here are the top five fact checks by Newschecker in the last week.
No, Tricolour Was Not Replaced By Islamic Flag In Jodhpur
In wake of the recent clashes reported in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, a claim is going viral on social media that the Indian National Flag at Jalori gate was replaced by an Islamic Flag by some Muslim youth on Eid-ul-Fitr on 3rd May, 2022. According to the investigation conducted by Newschecker, the tricolour was not replaced by an Islamic flag but rather the Islamic flag was replaced by a tricolour. Read more here.
Communal Violence In Delhi’s Sangam Vihar? No, Street Brawl Over Property Given Religious Colour
Several social media users are sharing a video where two young men can be seen thrashing two older men with sticks and wooden logs, as womenfolk attempt to dissuade them. Those sharing the video have claimed that the incident happened in Delhi’s Sangam Vihar and shows how ‘Hindus are being harassed in Delhi’ just like in Jahangirpuri. Newschecker has found that the incident had no religious angle to it and that both parties in the video are Hindus. Read more here.
Is Cabinet minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Nepal with Rahul Gandhi to attend a wedding? No, Old photo is from Bhutan
Amid the controversy surrounding senior Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Nepal, an image showing both Gandhi and civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia along with few others is being shared widely by social media users. Those sharing the photograph claim that Jyotiraditya Scindia too was present at the same wedding in Nepal that Rahul Gandhi reportedly attended recently and allege that the photograph is proof that the minister was “sidelined”. Newschecker found the image to be old and unrelated to the wedding in Nepal. Read more here.
No Nehru Portrait At PM Modi-German Chancellor Meet. Viral image Is Edited
PM Narendra Modi who recently concluded his Europe visit met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday (2nd May) to discuss key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments. A photograph from the meeting purportedly showing a portrait of the first Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru hanging on a wall behind the two leaders is being widely circulated on multiple social media platforms. Newschecker found the viral image to be altered. Read more here.
Viral Video Of Woman Being Stabbed In Murshidabad Falsely Linked To ‘Love Jihad’
A 30 second video showing a brutal stabbing of a young woman is going viral on social media, with many users alleging it to be a case of ‘love jihad’ in West Bengal’s Murshidabad. The video shows a man, wearing a red shirt and black pants, screaming at onlookers in Bengali, while a woman clad in black lies on the ground next to him. Soon after, he proceeds to repeatedly stab the woman. While the video is from Murshidabad, Newschecker has found the allegation of ‘love-jihad’ to be false. Read more here.
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