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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

“Ban offering of Namaz on roads on #SecularIndia. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia This is NOT allowed in Islamic countries. Why it is allowed here ????? #PayalRohatgi,” read a June 3 tweet by Payal Rohatgi where she shared a photograph of hundreds of people offering Namaz on the road, thus blocking traffic. But it is an image from Bangladesh.

An image of a woman in army fatigue was shared on social media with a message, ^^jktLFkku ds rirs jsfxLrku esa igjk nsrh Hkkjrh; toku t; fgUn (She is the Indian army jawan guarding Rajasthan in this scorching heat. Jai Hind). But  the woman in the picture is Asia Ramazan Antar, a former Kurdish fighter, who died fighting ISIS in Syria in 2016.

A disturbing video of a man brutally thrashing a woman has been shared with a narrative that this is a teacher from RMVM school (Valsad, Gujarat) beating his student. But according to a report, the accused in the thrashing of a woman in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar last week were taken on Tuesday to the place where the incident, a video of which went viral on social media, took place and recreated the sequence of events, police said.

A horrifying video of woman tied to a tree by a rope, and lashed in full public view has been shared on social media. But the incident had taken place in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh in March 2018. The woman seen in the video was beaten up by her husband for allegedly having eloped with another man, on the order of the village panchayat.