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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

A video viral on social media  where a bunch of boys can be seen throwing buckets of water   is being shared with the claim that it represents the mistreatment of the minority Muslim population in India. But it is an incident of ragging in Eastern University, Sri Lanka. If one carefully listens to the audio in the clip, people can be heard talking in Tamil, which is one of the dominant languages of Sri Lanka.

An image viral on social media is being shared with the narrative that it represents graves being dug in Pakistan for the casualties in the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force. But the image has been described at several websites as, “Pakistani men prepare the graves of Saturday’s bombing victims in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Muslim mothers and sisters in Indore adorned burqas and carried Kanwars on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Won’t you welcome these Muslim women disciples of Shiv who wrote Om Namah Shivaya?,” was the message viral with images of burqa-clad women carrying Kanwars (containers with holy water. But the images of burqa-clad women holding Kanwars have nothing to do with the Hindu festival.

A series of photos from 2015 is viral on WhatsApp with a false caption that claims they show terrorists killed in an air strike by the Indian Air Force on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot, Pakistan. But these photos were clicked in 2015 when a severe heat wave claimed more than 1000 lives in various parts of Pakistan including Karachi.