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Viral lies: exposed

Misinformation through Whatsapp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake Whatsapp videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown: “Muslim women in Dubai mark a first, sing Ram bhajan inside mosque and their sheikh husbands applauded and joined them,” this message was being circulated with a video, which shows burqa-clad women singing Hindu devotional songs. But the video is not from a mosque in Dubai – it is from the ashram of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.


What was shown: “This is what Indian army forces do to Kashmiri women’s in front of her father. #Kashmiratrocities #IndianBrutality,” a video has been circulated on social media with this caption to claim that an Indian Army man is thrashing a burqa-clad Kashmiri woman with a whip. The video includes an audio commentary in the background where a man can be heard asking Muslim youth to unite against the torture. But it is an old video from Syria.


What was shown: A video which shows a young woman being set on fire in the middle of a street, has gone viral with the claim that a “Hindu girl (was) burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh because she attended a prayer meeting in a Christian Church.” But the video is from Guatemala (South America). The woman, who was lynched in the video, was accused of murdering a cab driver.


What was shown: Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal, posted a video of the Vande Bharat Express with the caption, “It’s a bird… It’s a plane… Watch India’s first semi high speed train built under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Vande Bharat Express zooming past at lightning speed.” But the video was a clipped portion of a YouTube video and was speeded up to twice its original speed.