An old photo from Bangladesh, of an injured woman is viral with a false communal claim that Christian missionaries and Muslims beat up a Hindu woman in Kerala for praying in a temple.
BOOM found that the photo of the injured woman is old and from Bangladesh and has been viral with the same narrative since 2018.
The false communal post is being shared on Facebook and Twitter with a caption in Hindi which translates to, "In Kerala, the terror of Christian missionaries and Muslims has reached a point where they have started taking away the rights of Hindus to pray and fulfill their religious customs. This woman, who is a Dalit Adivasi was badly thrashed and her clothes torn because she was praying"
(Original text in Hindi - केरल में ईसाई मिशनरीयो और जिहादियों का आतंक अब इतना बढ़ चुका है कि हिन्दुओ को पूजा अर्चना और अपने धार्मिक रीती रिवाज़ो को पूरा करने का अधिकार भी छिना जा रहा है..! इस दलित आदिवासी महिला को बुरी तरह पीटा ओर कपड़े फाड़ दिए क्यों की ये पूजा कर रही थी..!!")
The same photo with the false claim as also shared by Renee Lynn on Twitter, who runs Voice For India also tweeted the photo with a claim, "Christian Missionaries & Jihadis in Kerala are terrorizing Hindus. This Hindu woman was beaten because she was worshiping."
The same set of images have been viral since 2018 with the same caption.
A reverse image search for the first image showed results from various Facebook pages including a few with captions in Bengali. An advanced search on Twitter using the same keywords in the caption, showed results for a tweet by a Twitter user Advaid who had called out the same fake news shared by Shankhnaad in 2018.
Sanghi Fake News Busted.— Advaid (അദ്വൈത്) (@Advaidism) April 25, 2018
ShankhNaad (@ShankhNaad) used a 6 month old images from Bengal and twists them as "Elderly Hindu woman brutally attacked by Muslims in Kerala."
Please take action @KeralaCMO pic.twitter.com/IjYk4RpkjR
The tweet had a screenshot and link to a Facebook post from October 8, 2017 on a page then called Suptodisha. The page has since changed its name to Chittagong Tuber.
Link to the page below and archive can be accessed here
The page shows the same woman with her mouth bleeding and injuries on her back and identifies her as Panchabala Karmakar, a resident of Chittagong district. Chittagong is in Bangladesh. The post further says the woman was beaten up her neighbours Pradip Ghosh and Biswajit.
The original Facebook posts translates to, "This woman is Panchabala Karmakar, resident of Jaldhi village in the Banskhali Police Station of Chittagong district. This poor and helpless woman was beaten up badly in a preplanned attack by her influential neighbour Pradip Ghosh and his son Biswajit. Her situation is now precarious. There is now no one to take care of her or treat her. Kindly share this."
BOOM could not independently verify the second image of a broken idol and money fallen on the ground.
Updated On: 2020-04-30T18:14:10+05:30
Claim Review : Photo shows Hindu woman in Kerala thrashed by Christian missionaries and Muslims
Claimed By : Social media posts
Fact Check : False