A flyer for an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest rally in Mumbai on Friday calling for a 'hijab or burqa' dress code, is photoshopped. BOOM spoke to the organisers of the event and found social media posts of the same poster from earlier in the week which do not mention a dress code at all, proving that the viral image is doctored.
Earlier on Friday, several right wing Twitter handles started tweeting an image of a poster for an anti-CAA rally claiming that the organisers of the 'Massive Women's Protest' in Mumbai have specified the dress code as a hijab or burqa.
The fake image gained currency among growing criticism from the Hindutva right wing that Muslims in India are leading protests against the Act.
The doctored image was shared by Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Umrao Patel, a Delhi based lawyer, who tweeted the photoshopped poster with the caption, "The Protest is against CAA but the dress code is hijab and burqa. Freedom from patriarchy and manuwad will be attained by wearing hijab and burqa. Simply put, this is not a movement across the country, but a show of strength and the patience of the Hindus of the country is being tested."
प्रोटेस्ट CAA के विरुद्ध है लेकिन ड्रेस कोड हिजाब और बुरका है।— प्रशान्त पटेल उमराव (@ippatel) January 17, 2020
पितृसत्ता और मनुवाद से आजादी हिजाब और बुरका पहनकर मिलेगी।
सीधे शब्दों में, यह देश भर में आंदोलन नहीं हो रहा, बल्कि शक्ति प्रदर्शन है और देश के हिंदुओं के धैर्य की परीक्षा ली जा रही है। pic.twitter.com/eS7ogYCEGW
The viral poster reads, "MASSIVE WOMEN'S PROTEST AGAINST CAA, NRC & NPR YMCA GROUND, AGRIPADA, FRIDAY 17TJ JAN, 6PM ONWARDS.
Dress code for women: Hijab or Burqa".
The misleading poster is also being shared on Facebook.
Event: Massive women's protest against CAA.— Vivekk | विवेक | বিবেক | விவேக் | (@oyevivekk) January 17, 2020
Dress Code: Hijab or Burkha
Motive: So the dalal journalists and anti hindu left leaning sites can milk pictures of women carrying kids in Burkha/Hijab and used it against the PM Modi how is "oppressing" the muslim minorities. pic.twitter.com/C4wSXuSNlF
Hello @_sabanaqvi as you claimed that this was not a #Muslim protest but " interfaith " . So women of all faiths have to dress in burkha or hijab?— #IndiaFirst 🇮🇳 (@savitha_rao) January 17, 2020
In addition to Rs 500 and biryani will there be a clothing Allowance too ?#ShaheenBaghTruth #Mumbai @naqvimukhtar @HMOIndia pic.twitter.com/o3OCz3dlcA
BOOM spoke to one of the organisers of the protest rally organised by Mumbai Citizens Forum who told us that there was no dress code for protesters and that the viral poster was fake. "There is no dress code. The flyer shared is not the right one," Advocate Zubair Azmi told BOOM.
Azmi sent us the original flyer which confirms that the viral flyer is photoshooped. In the original flyer one can spot that the sentence, "Dress code for women: Hijab or Burqa" is not present.
The added text on the photoshopped flyer is in upper case, whereas in the original flyer lower case and the shade of yellow in the sentence does not match.
Additionally, we found social media posts with the original flyer days before the protest that confirm that the original poster did not include any instructions about a dress code. In this Facebook post by Aamir Edresy, one of the organisers, one can spot it includes no dress code for women.
The original flyer can also be spotted in this tweet posted on January 16, 2020, which is on the tweet thread on Anti-CAA protests scheduled in the country.
BOOM also managed to source images from the protest on Friday evening, we found that there were woman who were not wearing a Hijab or a Burqa.
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