A Facebook posts showing three photos of a woman’s head being shaved along with the caption claiming that the woman was punished for posting pro-Pakistan and anti-India comments, is false.
The images are from an unrelated protest by teachers in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh that took place in July 2018.
The photos were posted on February 19, 2019 on the page @raj.hindutobadi and the post has been shared nearly 4000 times at the time of writing the story.
The text of the post claims, ” This girl post long live Pakistan, and India is under its feet. Hindutvavadi did not kill her because she is Indian, but for the crime of being a traitor her head was shaved.”
(Translated from Bengali – পাকিস্তান জিন্দাবাদ আর ভারত তার পায়ের নিচে এরকম অসংখ্য পোষ্ট করেছিল এই মেয়েটি। হিন্দুত্ববাদী রা হত্যা করেনি কারন সে ভারতীয় কিন্তু দেশদ্রোহী অপরাধ করার সাজা হিসাবে তার কেশ ন্যাড়া করে দেওয়া হলো।। )
Click here to view an archived link of the post.
It was also shared by other pages.
The photos are old and not connected to terror attacks in Pulwama or any protest in the aftermath.
BOOM was able to track down the original video through a reverse image search.
The incident is from July 26, 2018 and was reported by News18 Madhya Pradesh. Click here to view their video report which includes the video from where the photos have been taken.
News 18 Hindi reported that contractual teachers protested by tonsuring their heads as they demanded regularisation from the Madhya Pradesh government ahead of assembly elections.
The contractual teachers have had a long standing demand that their cadres be brought under the education department and that they be provided with facilities given to government employees.
A similar protest was held in January 2018 where four women teachers shaved their heads. Read about it here.
News18 Hindi reported that the teachers said they only received assurances from the state government every time but that this time they would continue their agitation and camp in the rain at Shahjahani Park in Bhopal.